Guatemala sends 300 minors into Belize for school

It’s hard to believe that only 2 days ago, the Secretary General of the OAS was here in the Red Zone between Belize and Guatemala;. complete with pomp and circumstance and Belizean and Guatemalan children holding hands and singing while adult dignitaries of both countries spoke about peace. Today, only a few Guatemalans are now in the Red Zone while Belizean Taxi men and tour guides have been told to remain on this side of the Immigration facility. Our news crew headed to the Western border following reports that the border was closed down due to tensions. On our arrival there, we discovered that this was not true as the border is still open though Belizeans heading over to Guatemala were discouraged by Belizean authorities to go over, though not hindered in any way if they decided to proceed. The Red Zone at the border  is an area where Belizean and Guatemalan nationals frequent without papers; a no man’s land, so to speak; but that enforcement of strict guidelines that has been lax before, is the only visible sign that tensions are high between Belize and Guatemala today; that and the smaller than usual trickle of Belizeans going across the border, according to a few taxi men.  There wasn’t much to see at the Western border today but one interesting observation is that while Guatemala amasses troops at the adjacency zones because of the death of a minor which happened in adverse circumstances,  the Guatemalans seem to have no problem sending over 5 bus loads of  their minors into Belize daily. Those 5 bus loads of children are transported by Belizean licensed busses, purportedly at the expense of Belizean tax payers, every school day so that the Guatemalan children can attend Belizean schools in the Cayo district. . We are told that on every school day, as many as 300 Guatemalan children enjoy the Belizean education system; crossing the borders unchecked and safely. vlcsnap-2016-04-25-10h34m02s770 vlcsnap-2016-04-25-10h33m50s588 vlcsnap-2016-04-25-10h33m20s663 vlcsnap-2016-04-25-10h33m29s051 vlcsnap-2016-04-25-10h33m36s840 vlcsnap-2016-04-25-10h33m39s158

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