Recht door Zee

Photos by Joanna Dhanraj

Neighbours greeting each other on the road

In Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara approximately six miles from the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station is a busy little village called Recht door Zee. Although it has been only five years since villagers of Phase Two have been allotted plots of land, the housing scheme has already grown to hundreds.

To visit the village, one can take a car at Vreed-en-Hoop junction just outside the Guyoil Gas Station or at the Number One Canal/Bagotville junction.

“I been living here five years now…. I used to live in La Grange. When I come here, there was no water or light. Two years back we get light and water. When we move in here, it had four houses…. The road was the red loam; progress here was fast though,” said shopkeeper Sheila Khan.

Nearby, children walked along the street and boys were running errands on bicycles, some so big for them that their feet barely touched the pedals and ….


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