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  • derryck griffith
    Hello all, I have been reading these discourses and responses to Milwana s fears and/exaggerations, and I tend to agree with the assurance that was given. let
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 23, 2005
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      Hello all,
      I have been reading these discourses and responses to
      Milwana's fears and/exaggerations, and I tend to agree
      with the assurance that was given. let us not be
      perturbed by someone's obsession with history and
      historical facts.
      We live in the present, and the present is what
      matters now, if we are to move forward as a people
      united as one in the current crisis, and future

      So, having said that, shall we dismiss all those
      individual fears, and get on with the business at

      Om Shanti.
      Derryck. S, Griffith

      --- Sancho of Nabaclis <childrenofsancho@...>

      > Dear All,
      > What I will say is that Desmond Saul's observations
      > are not political. He is not a PNC man or
      > propagandist (as far as I know Desmond like most of
      > us in my church are not members of any party); he is
      > not a political animal, except that he is an astute
      > observer. Desmond has a passion for fairness that I
      > recognized 30 plus years ago when we first met. If
      > Desmond says there is inequity in distribution I am
      > confident it is the truth. He could be mistaken
      > (like any other human being) but he will not lie. He
      > is not a rabble rouser. He did not call for any
      > aggressive action: he warns of its possibility.
      > As for my friend M'lilwana, his historical
      > observations are precise and accurate as to the
      > racial history Guyana. The colonialists succeeded by
      > divide and conquer. In Africa they made countries
      > out of different ethnic groups and in Guyana they
      > set the races against each other. (I was a boy at
      > Linden during the disturbances and watched my Indian
      > friends suffer indignities and read about Africans
      > in other parts of the country suffering).
      > To a large extent we are like trained monkeys even
      > though many of us Africans and Indians are related
      > through the douglah (incidentally the word is a
      > pejorative: bastard). I would normally avoid the
      > political discourse but Desmond and M'lilwana are
      > correct.
      > M'lilwana to his credit has always been calling for
      > reconciliation and progress and I commend him.
      > All this being said and done we still have a
      > national crisis on our hands.
      > Colin
      > colyounge@...
      > Charles Sugrim <charlessugrim@...> wrote:I am
      > very disturbed that the writer of this letter is
      > somehow seen as flaming the fire of racism in this
      > horrible situation. Please, my brother, let us
      > refrain from this attitude. The Lord of Heaven and
      > earth loves you as much as he loves every creature.
      > Let us stop this mantra. It would indeed consume
      > both you and me. Guyana is too beautiful for us to
      > destroy. The politicians have already destroyed us
      > (both PNC and PPP). So let us save our country for
      > the sake of our children and grandchildren. Whether
      > we consider ourselves African, Indian or whatever,
      > the flood shows us that all are affected. It did not
      > stop at the Indian door or the African door, IT
      > CONSUMED ALL THE GUYANESE DOOR in the affected area.
      > In the same token, I am appealing to the authorities
      > to ensure that the distribution of items be seen to
      > be equitable for all villages affected.
      > My prayers are with the Guyanese people.
      > Love always.
      > Charles Sugrim
      > Sancho of Nabaclis <childrenofsancho@...>
      > wrote:
      > Pray for us, that the Lord would deliver us from our
      > present situation and that we would individually and
      > collectively learn the lessons that we are being
      > taught during the present floods that are gripping
      > the Guyana - Atlantic Coast.
      > It has been a week since the coastland has been
      > inundated by torrential rains and this has exposed
      > the lack of proper drainage facilities - most of
      > which suffer from poor maintenance. The resulting
      > floods have been unprecedented in the history of
      > this land. Everyone on the coast is affected in one
      > way or another. In some villages, 100 % of the
      > houses are under water, some times as deep as six
      > feet or more in some areas. The Essequibo coast has
      > so far been spared, along with Berbice. However, the
      > entire Demerara coastline is affected. In some
      > houses (not on stilts) the water is sometimes in
      > excess of three feet deep.
      > Many of the homes in Guyana are built on stilts;
      > however, quite a few are two storied buildings and
      > in those cases, the lower levels are flooded (with
      > few exceptions). The hardest hit are the villages
      > along the East Coast of Demerara. Food is beginning
      > to be in short supply, as the Government has
      > commandeered much of the food to use as flood relief
      > supplies. However, this distribution of flood relief
      > is being done on a very partisan basis and many are
      > not receiving anything near their basic need.
      > It is my opinion that this situation will last a
      > number of weeks, as the authorities seem incapable
      > of dealing with the magnitude of the problem and
      > their response is clouded by political preferences.
      > There is very little evidence of any well organized
      > and structured programme to deal with this
      > catastrophe in many areas. What help seems to be
      > available is heavily slanted to the heavily
      > Indian-populated regions.
      > I thank you for your continued interest in what is
      > happening in Guyana. This present flood is what I
      > call "NOT a NATURAL DISASTER", but a "Disaster that
      > is the NATURAL RESULT of Gross Neglect and lack of
      > standard Maintenance". Poor practices have finally
      > caught up with us. In over fifty years I have not
      > seen the equivalent in this land; yet in the last
      > ten years, there have been an increasing number of
      > floods of increasing severity. Five years ago the
      > floods devastated this same region; yet lessons were
      > not learned and plans instituted to deal with the
      > obvious problems that have continued to exist with
      > the drainage system and the flood control kokers,
      > pumps and sluices.
      > It is true that rainfall of this magnitude has not
      > been seen in a hundred years; yet it is not unknown
      > in Guyana, however, my information indicates that of
      > 110 kokers and sluices along the East Coast of
      > Demerara, only ten (10) were functioning at the time
      > the rains began in earnest. Many of the drainage
      > pumps located along the East Coast of Demerara were
      > either unserviceable, condemned or awaiting repairs.
      > Added to this maintenance fiasco, the Conservancy
      > "Crown" Dam, which holds water in the savannah at
      > the rear of all the East Coast villages and is
      > constructed of earth (Clay and Pagasse) was repaired
      > in the last few years by a certain local (as in
      > Guyanese) contractor, who removed much of the bamboo
      > mangroves, which formed the strength of the dam,
      > holding the dam together and preventing leakage and
      > seepage of water into the village canals. Since this
      > reconstruction work - undertaken a few years ago,
      > there have been numerous breeches of the dam.
      > Since the unseasonal heavy rains started, the
      > inactive pumps, unserviceable kokers, clogged
      > drainage canals all combined to cause the waters to
      > remain longer on the land, than is normal. As a
      > result the earth became saturated. This coincided
      > with high tides in the ocean and hence difficulties
      > in draining the water away. The outflow of many of
      > the kokers and drainage canals were heavily silted,
      > and in some areas, remain that way. It seems that
      > with all these factors and a porous Crown dam, the
      > water began to rise and the flooding started. This
      > was like a snowball rolling down a mountain side.
      > One thing led to another and the floods became
      > unmanageable. Our leaders lied, either intentionally
      > or because they had no idea what was going on in the
      > country. They have consistently denied that there
      > are breeches in the dam, yet over the past three
      > days the water in the villages keep rising and the
      > colour of the water is now distinctly from the
      > conservancy. Now the authorities seem to have no
      > plan as to how to cope with the situation and they
      > are in a reactive mode. It is my view, that with the
      > water rising more and more each day, even though
      > there are more pumps and kokers being put into
      > service daily, this water will probably remain for
      > many days, if not weeks. There have been numerous
      > pronouncements about flood relief, since 95% of all
      > the lands in the villages on the entire East Coast
      > are flooded. Huge fishing boats are being used to
      > ferry people from their homes to the East Coast
      > highway. In some areas (e.g. Better Hope) the water
      > on the Highway itself is as much as two feet deep in
      > places. Flood relief is flowing unabated into all
      > the Indian villages, but barely trickling into the
      > African villages. Victoria has over 750 houses
      > totally under water, in some cases up to one's
      > waist. We have over 3000 persons unable to cook,
      > sleep or function normally in their homes. We have
      > three shelters set up in the village, yet we have
      > only seen one govt. official for about a 20
      > mins visit. There has been no organized relief
      > effort from the authorities, yet in Nootenzuil, Cove
      > and John, Unity and surrounding Indian enclaves, the
      > residents have been given vouchers of $2000 per
      > person to purchase necessities, along with truck
      > loads of food relief which are being distributed on
      > a daily basis; adequate amounts of hot meals are
      > being also sent in daily and the list goes on. Some
      > of our residents have gone into these places and
      > have gotten things, yet we have been unable to
      > access the same level of supplies for our village at
      > Victoria. We have received (and only after the
      > direct intervention of our MP and the leader of the
      > Opposition) - 880 pounds sugar, 1300 pints of rice,
      > 150 pounds of salt, 400 pounds of peas, 150 pounds
      > of milk powder, 36 - 1-litre bottles of cooking oil,
      > 50 pounds of garlic, 200 tins sardines, 200 tins
      > tomato paste and 72 tubs of margarine to distribute
      > to the 3000+ persons affected. We have about 200
      > persons living in the shelters but we
      > feed over 500 boxes of hot meals at each meal time.
      > Woefully inadequate if you do the maths. This is the
      > reality of living in an African village during these
      > floods. I firmly believe that if the government's
      > actions continue as they are currently, we are
      > building up to civil disturbances. It has already
      > started in places where people have been high
      > jacking food meant for Indian areas.
      > The President has not found the time to visit
      > Victoria, one of the largest villages in the
      > country, but he has made many visits to much smaller
      > Indian enclaves on both sides of us; this does not
      > bode well for care and concern for the general
      > citizenry of this country. Except, but for the
      > individual efforts of the opposition party members
      > and the detachment of the GDF stationed nearby, we
      > would probably not have any relief in Victoria -
      > from what the authorities are distributing. Pray for
      > us the we would come through this very testing time
      > � without loss of life.
      > One of the major concerns at the moment is the
      > health situation, as the flood waters are now
      > contaminated with human and animal excrement. The
      > wanton careless disposal of plastic bottles and
      > containers have waterways clogged with debris,
      > compounding the situation, since many of them have
      > not been desilted in years. Domestic animals and
      > birds have been dying in huge numbers, along with
      > wildlife, since in some areas no dry land can be
      > seen. The scope of this disaster and the overall
      > effect has not yet registered on the consciousness
      > of many officials, much less on many of the ordinary
      > citizens. Please pray for enlightenment and
      > enlightened behaviour in the face of this � clearly
      > avoidable � human tragedy.
      > Guyana Flood Situation: PPP's Reaction to Peoples
      > of Africana Origin and their Communities
      > I am currently running a shelter here in Victoria.
      > The picture is very confusing and charged with
      > political dangers. Yesterday we learnt that there
      > were 14 truckloads of food relief at Mahaica to be
      > distributed; however, these trucks were being
      > directed directly into the Indian areas by Minister
      > Harry Persaud Nokta. It was only on the intervention
      > of Mr. Corbin and some of the local political folk
      > from the Paradise office of the NDC that we were
      > able to get a small portion of one truck load for
      > distribution here at Victoria. We have not to date
      > been able to distribute any dry rations to anyone
      > here. Today we will be attempting to parcel out what
      > we received, to service over 700 homes affected.
      > We learnt that the Indian villages are being given
      > individual vouchers of $2000 us a hamper of goods.
      > There is an anger building in these communities that
      > if it explodes will destroy this area. We need to
      > get our leaders to stop seeing disaster in political
      > terms. All are affected - ALL WILL BE CONSUMED.
      > See my attachment for some information. Hope you get
      > a balanced view of what is happening to this our
      > dear land. May God help us out of this situation?
      > Desmond Saul
      > d_fitzpatrick_saul@...
      > M'lilwana Osanku (Sancho of Nabaclis)
      > Genealogist, Historian, and Researcher for Sancho
      > Family History
      > Golden Grove and Nabaclis, Guyana.
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      > Genealogist, Historian, and Researcher for Sancho
      > Family History
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