A time for seniors

We all know the saying “getting old is a privilege.” Experience shows that it can be a privilege but it can also be terrifying.

Achieving NGO sustainability

Guest column by Durwin Humphrey* In Guyana and across the Caribbean, many Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are dying because they cannot generate enough funds to support the work they do.


“Thief! Thief!”   As a child, you dreaded hearing those words, especially in the stillness of the night.

Too soon

The thought that loved ones and ultimately each of us will one-day leave this life is unsettling for many people.

What dreams are made of

I had never known a Guyanese had won a medal at the Olympics until I learned that Michael Parris did it in 1980, when he won a bronze for Boxing.


While growing up, Emancipation Day was one of highlights of my life. Every July 31st, the anticipation for the libation and other cultural expressions, such as the music, dance, poetry and drama, made me wish that time would go faster.

Untold Struggles

For years, many Guyanese living at home have had the idea that migrating to places like the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom would catapult them into a position of ease, where all their struggles would disappear.

Dancing with the devil

I was accused of dancing with the devil a few days ago after a post on social Facebook: “My enlightenment began at age 17 when I started reading books written by scholars of African descent.

Jumbie story

I was having a conversation with someone recently who relayed that a woman she knew was complaining about having “seven jumbies” attached to her.

The other woman isn’t the problem

I overheard an interesting conversation this week. One woman was relating to another that she had intentions to “juk up” another woman if the she did not leave her significant other alone.

Blood on the land

Buried Voices Blood runs in the street Silent voices of my brothers sound Wailing mothers do weep Guns sing triumphant songs For the law no regard Justice, why do you sleep?

Why stay here?

“Cuss wheh ya guh, nah wheh yuh come from.” That is a saying I grew up hearing.


In our lifetime, we will see thousands of faces. Facial expressions can give hints about what troubles the heart and what makes it happy.

Our elders

It is no secret that groups of elders in many societies are afflicted by a number of issues, such as health problems, financial woes and loneliness.