I told Samantha that I would have to be away for a while and that it was too dangerous for her to come with me. Her response – “If you f—king think I would leave your side your are an idiot. Where you go, I go”. She looked ferocious and, knowing Sam as I do, I just shook my head and told her to get ready.
Samantha is 20 and a ball of fire. I have known her for a year and a half and in that time I have been astonished at her courage, determination, energy and intentions. She is generous and compassionate and she has become a large part of my conscience.
Sam has been upbeat throughout my ordeal with the government, not just in the past week, but also for the past 6 months. She has experienced the government’s harassment with me and has seen all that I have seen. She is pissed at all that has happened to us and wants to see justice done, just as I do – not just for Mr. Faul’s family and friends, but for all Belizeans living under the Draconian system that has evolved under the present government.
For the past week, Sam has kept our clothes clean and has fed us and kept me distracted by telling stories of her life and humorous anecdotes about her family. She is a natural raconteur and mimic. She has also helped me evade detection by grabbing me and kissing me, in public, in a fashion that causes passerby’s to feel embarrassment at the thought of staring and by creating emotional scenes that cause the curious to momentarily forget what they were looking for. She is acutely aware of her surroundings and is as street smart as a sober hobo. She does not drink or take drugs.
Sam insists she will be with me to the end, whatever end that may be. I will include her frequently in my story. She has even asked to write something herself, a request that I, and I hope you, the reader, have no problem with.
I will return later.
Three of my friends are still being held in prison on trumped up charges. They are:
They were charged and have been imprisoned because three legally licensed firearms were found in the incorrect rooms on my property (stretching the law to the extreme). I would ask you to please email the following and demand their release: