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Published on December 13, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version



By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

The Suba workers were the spirit of Dangriga
They woke up all of Dangriga with
Their jovial disposition and laughter
Singing as they boarded truck to ferry them to Pomona
Some were fruit canners, others banana hand washers,
Wrappers and some of them were domestic workers

Thomasa affectionately known as Aunti Thama
The daughter of Red and Cessaria
My mother grew up in Ugada
A settlement a couple of miles from Dangriga
First settled by Ugandans from Africa
Who came to live in Central America
She grew up a next door to Theodore Aranda
Later she and her mother moved to Dangriga
And when she left school she became a Suba Worker.

My father was a foreman in Mr Shafts' workers
Into construction, in charge of the house in Pomana
Thomasa was a single mother and a hard worker
As fate would have it Joe to notice her
With an elderly grandmother and blind grampa
Deli being the older brother used to have to take care
Of his two bredda and sister

Dangriga was booming
Black businesses thriving
Saturdays were half day working
Shopping and sporting
Sundays were for worshiping and family gatherings
Ships were docking, workers, loading and off loading
Commerce Bight Port operating
Shipping canned fruits, banana, packaging and exporting
To New Orleans, boy, them days thing was happening

Garinagu co-existing
Subsidizing with fishing and farming
Neighbours sharing, the main temple was open
With the Bouyeah doing their healing
The ancestors were guiding
Dugu brought families spiritual unity and healing
Despite the British racial segregating
When Dangriga was Dangriga and steam engines were popular
By sea Dangriga was 36 miles from the Belize town
By 6:00 pm for the Garinagu had to get out of town or be locked down
The cultural capital was electrical, magical, and special
Garinagu from Bluefields Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala
Sharing a rich culture
The women would gather making cassava, Bami, Sahow
Children were children and played in their area
Whilst the elders spoke pure Garifuna
And celebrated their ancestors
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