I was sent a link to a video this morning put out by the “Jasmine Alert”, the Facebook page – dedicated to finding justice for Jasmine Lowe, a 13 year old girl killed in Belize on June 3rd of this year. This simple video has done a greater job of summing up the conditions of life in Belize than all of the 4 million words within this blog. I am shamed. Please, everyone view this:
They asked for an end to my “Boycott Belize” campaign, and I have ended it in it’s current form. I have asked the people who manage my blog to instead implement a “See the truth” page.
I am now urging potential visitors to Belize to abandon the usual “five star resort on San Pedro” package, where your dollars go into foreign bank accounts of the resort owners, and instead, take your cameras and your tourist dollars to the interior. Stay at a local bed and breakfast for a few dollars. See the intense poverty and oppression. Talk to the people. Spend your dollars where the money will stay in Belize and where the local people will benefit. Come home. Tell the world.
Poscript edit From Harold:
If you read what John suggests, it’s still a boycott, only it’s a boycott of the system of power, not of the people of Belize. If tourists go directly to the countryside instead of to the heavily structured plastic toursist destinations, where your money leaves the country and goes to foreign bank accounts, then the money goes to the people who need it most.