The Essequibo Coast has historically been a peaceful place
It is indeed a fact that Essequibo remains the safest place in Guyana according to the crime data reported by the Kaieteur News on June12. The data further illustrated a decrease in criminal activities generally, for which the Guyana Police Force must be commended.
Amid increasing political tensions that have historically plagued Guyana since independence, Essequibo remains a model region for continued peace, racial harmony, cooperation among the working class, mutual respect, cleanliness and a passion for fostering gender equality.
These are not qualities which would have developed overnight, but are due to the historical struggle of the post-slavery era that created minds of steel in the people of Essequibo. While the county of Essequibo includes regions such as Bartica, Leguan and Wakenaam, the Essequibo Coast remains an integrated part that continues to shoulder its social, economic and civic responsibilities. I wish the same could be said for sports – but I am optimistic.
The main threats remain piracy in the Pomeroon River, and spousal and alcohol abuse which has also led to numerous suicides, something which is a continuing predicament.
However, the proposed establishment of a police outpost at Charity and the permanent attachment of the Guyana Defence Force to the region will ensure that such challenges remain minuscule and the livelihoods of the fishermen in particular can be less under threat.
The Essequibo Coast historically has been a peaceful place where one can enjoy the typical countryside warmth and affection of very hospitable people and the assurance that hostility will not be experienced, even within the current tense political environment. There has been a maturity which goes beyond race, religion and even politics, that has given rise to self-respect and an awareness of the need to appreciate community militancy. It is no surprise therefore that the Essequibo Coast continues to enjoy stability and peace which have resulted in rapid economic growth.