Where is our humanity?

Dear Editor,

Because of the events happening so quickly around the world, I hasten to ask: Where is our humanity? The biggest failure of this appalling scenario is playing right before our eyes and the many agencies who should be there for people in crisis seem not to be adequately heeding the urgency of these separate situations.

To me the most heart-wrenching of all is the plight of the Rohingya people. Almost no one in the political world seems to be putting enough pressure on the Myanmar government and moreso on Aung San Suu Kyi to explain exactly what caused these people to leave that country. This is a crime against humanity. Unlike the European refugees who chose to leave their countries, these poor people of Myanmar have been driven out of their homes.

Bangladesh is not preventing humanitarian and food agencies from entering the country, so where are they? The Rohingya seem to have become today’s untouchables. And shame on India for wanting to put them out of that country also. Where is our humanity?

Coming closer to home, Caricom heads once proposed a regional security system to help sister countries experiencing disasters of all kinds.

Now, over twenty years later, with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, there has been no common and concerted action to help those people in need. Instead we see leaders wasting time and money on fact-finding missions instead of having the Caricom Secretary General convene an emergency conference call of all available heads on this grave and urgent issue. Where then is the unity in Caricom? What is its purpose?

This has not erased one iota of my long-standing conviction – Cari-com and Cari-go.

Yours faithfully,

Gloria Lye


NDIA should review design of Buxton pump station to ensure basic technical requirements met

Dear Editor, In articles which appeared in the news media on Jan. 17, 2018, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) stated that three pump stations are now under construction at Buxton and other communities on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) and these are expected to be completed and operational before commencement of the May/June rainy season.

Mr. Shields’ crime is working diligently to clean up the plundering

Dear Editor, The few honest individuals remaining in this country are, from time to time, made out to be secret Judases. 

GTUC’s public positions on sugar industry not inconsistent with trade union principles, organisation’s policy

Dear Editor, Reference is made to the letter `GTUC never had any discussion on closure of sugar estates’ written by Eon Andrews, Vice-President, GTUC (SN January 20, 2018).

We need other industries when extractive ones fail us

Dear Editor, During the days leading up to the end of 2017, the APNU+AFC coalition government revealed the long asked for Petroleum Agreement between oil giant, ExxonMobil and Guyana.

The return of the National Cadet Corps is applauded

Dear Editor, It is with much pleasure that I applaud the relaunch of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

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