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Guyana is for all peoples – Happy 55th Guyana!

ON May 26, 1966, our national flag, the Golden Arrowhead, was hoisted for the first time, trumpeting the birth of our beautiful nation as a free country. On the occasion of our 55th Independence Anniversary, let us continue to hoist our flags and banners in the same spirit of patriotism, pride, solidarity, and love for our great nation, that we did 55 years ago on this historic day. Furthermore, on this momentous occasion, let us take a moment to recognise the immense sacrifices and struggles made by our former leaders, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, Mrs. Janet Jagan, and Mr. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham.  Their combined efforts should serve as an inspiration to all of us to continue to build bridges and foster harmony in order to propel Guyana to greater heights.

We must work together as “One People, One Nation, One Destiny” by setting  aside our cultural, religious, political, and other differences in order to cultivate love, joy, and harmony. Further, let us strive to create an environment where our citizens feel at ease and secure in this great land of our birth: the land where the bones of our forefathers are laid, beginning with the Indigenous, Africans, Chinese, Indians, and Europeans. All of whom toiled for the success of our country. In Guyana, we are fortunate to have a melting pot of all cultures laid in the bowels of our soil, with their souls hovering around our nation, looking to us to continue their legacy so that their blood, sweat, and sufferings will not go in vain.
We are blessed to be a free people that own this great land with many resources. We have mighty rivers and waterfalls; canals that contain fish; soil that provides oil, diamonds, manganese, bauxite, and much more that has yet to be discovered. May we love, share, and live as one people in this land of the great, this land of God that we call Guyana: the land of plenty.
Dear citizens, let us keep an eye out for those who are desirous of usurping our lands and use their power to enter the back door to create hate. We must be aware of this and know how to put them in their place.

Additionally, I, the undersigned, take great pride in responding to the government’s call, spearheaded by the Honourable Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill, and the Ministry of Public Works, to urge our citizens to be keen on keeping our communities clean, particularly as Guyana celebrates this momentous occasion.
Further, we, the Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity, the Electric Mosque’s Presentation of the Teachings of Islam, in association with the Universal Peace Federation – Guyana seize this opportunity to extend Independence Day greetings to the nation of Guyana, His Excellency, Dr President Irfaan Ali and family, distinguished members of the government, the opposition, and especially to our fellow Guyanese brothers and sisters.

Happy Independence Day!

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We have a large database of Guyanese worldwide.  Most of our readers are in the USA, Canada, and the UK.  Our Blog and Newsletter  would not only carry  articles and videos on Guyana, but also other articles on a wide range of subjects that may be of interest to our readers in over 200 countries, many of them non-Guyanese  We hope that you like our selections.

It is estimated that over one million Guyanese, when counting their dependents, live outside of Guyana.  This exceeds the population of Guyana, which is now about 750,000.  Many left early in the 50’s and 60’s while others went with the next wave in the 70’s and 80’s.  The latest wave left over the last 20 years. This outflow of Guyanese, therefore, covers some three generations. This outflow still continues today, where over 80 % of U.G. graduates now leave after graduating.  We hope this changes, and soon.

Guyanese, like most others, try to keep their culture and pass it on to their children and grandchildren.  The problem has been that many Guyanese have not looked back, or if they did it was only fleetingly.  This means that the younger generations and those who left at an early age know very little about Guyana since many have not visited the country.  Also, if they do get information about Guyana, it is usually negative and thus the cycle of non-interest is cultivated.

This Guyana Diaspora Online Forum , along with its monthly newsletter, aims at bringing Guyanese together to support positive news, increase travel and tourism in Guyana and, in general, foster the birth of a new Guyana, which has already begun notwithstanding the negative news that grabs the headlines.  As the editor and manager of the publication, I am committed to delivering Blog entries and Newsletters that are politically balanced, and focused on the positive ideas we wish to share and foster among Guyanese.

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