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Poets Corner: Refugee economics
Published on March 16, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Refugee economics

By Abdulmajeed K Nunez

Though Belize hides its racism
It’s obvious in our pluralism
The people are steeped in cynicism
In Guyana blacks have never been forgiven
Trinidad covers it but it’s visible in their political dictum
Grenada and St Lucia lucky
They have mulatto weh think deh better

The Caribbean has produced refugee economics
None has refugee export or emigration
None has produced the economy with room for people
Luckily half the people have gone not just Belize
We failed to construct subsistence economy
Creole lived like neighbours but after the politics
After getting political membership
The Garinagu and Creoles absorbed into education and public service
Today despite them being executives
There is a lack of appreciation for each other
It’s the same as Trinidad my brother

Tribalism is a sneer
Tribes had an education system, land and animals they reared
Fairness, cohabiting and co existing
No formal schooling like the Mennonites
Passing on their skills
Through alcalde, faheena and leadership
In Belize there are twelve different forms of ownership
Some have a start in life and there’s nothing we can do about it

We’ve failed to construct a just society
Togetherness and solidarity
Reflection of the food, culture and dance
Cultural independence is lost
When they became Catholics and Methodist
Losing their cultural independence
Losing pride in their history and independence
Subsistence was the epiphany of their existence
This changed after devaluation
Then further eroded after the Hattie incident
Then further eroded after independence
Creating a culture of dependence
Abandoning food from fishing and the women tilling the land?
This is one of the side effects of integration
Many families benefiting from remittances
Creating Caribbean migration economies

This new economic led them into dependence
Sending them to school tailoring their dependence
Getting them a job instead of subsistence
They forgotten the knowledge of maintaining their household
Providing food shelter, water and processing foods
Mayas making corn tortilla and the Garinagu baking cassava
Now deh di go dah grocery
In this new economy
Changing the dynamic of the family
To combat every family needs their own specialty
The whole concept of diversity
All contributing to the betterment of the community
 
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