What has happened in Guyana?
Stabroek News
May 1, 2002

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Dear Editor,

I am a Guyanese. I visited Guyana three years ago with my wife who is a Brazilian national. My wife loved the culture and traditions of our country. I, personally, have no complaints whatsoever about "good old Guyana." What I would like to know is what has happened to Guyana.

I am an Afro Guyanese and resided in number 71 village, Corentyne. If I can remember, I was the only black person who resided in this village and never did I have any problems with the residents. What I would like to know is why do we still have these stupid arguments about race in Guyana. I, as a black man lived happily among the Indians than when I lived among the blacks.

Guyanese should realize that like myself, we are today truly one people because of our Indian cousins and uncles. Let's stop this stupid fighting amongst ourselves. Let us build Guyana. I would like to return, but I am afraid. I would not like to expose my wife and child to the kind of violence rampant in Guyana.

Yours faithfully,

Dereck A. Wayne