January 10, 2005: Headlines: COS - Guyana: Safety and Security of Volunteers: Guyana Chronicle: Sydney Tair writes in the Guyana Chronicle: "a shame when we have committed Peace Corps volunteers in our community, who are dedicated to the uplifting of peopleís lives and we do nothing to guarantee their safety"

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Guyana: Peace Corps Guyana : The Peace Corps in Guyana: January 10, 2005: Headlines: COS - Guyana: Safety and Security of Volunteers: Guyana Chronicle: Sydney Tair writes in the Guyana Chronicle: "a shame when we have committed Peace Corps volunteers in our community, who are dedicated to the uplifting of peopleís lives and we do nothing to guarantee their safety"

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Sydney Tair writes in the Guyana Chronicle: "a shame when we have committed Peace Corps volunteers in our community, who are dedicated to the uplifting of peopleís lives and we do nothing to guarantee their safety"

Sydney Tair writes in the Guyana Chronicle: a shame when we have committed Peace Corps volunteers in our community, who are dedicated to the uplifting of peopleís lives and we do nothing to guarantee their safety

Sydney Tair writes in the Guyana Chronicle: "a shame when we have committed Peace Corps volunteers in our community, who are dedicated to the uplifting of peopleís lives and we do nothing to guarantee their safety"

Guarantee their safety
ITíS a shame when we have committed Peace Corps volunteers in our community, who are dedicated to the uplifting of peopleís lives and we do nothing to guarantee their safety.

Itís a shame when we have Peace Corps volunteers teaching in our school whose main concern are making sure that your child could read and we do nothing to guarantee their safety.

Itís a shame when we have Peace Corps volunteers who give all their time and energy to make sure your child knows the truth and myths of HIV and AIDS and we do nothing to guarantee their safety.

Itís a shame when we have Peace Corps volunteers who use their own money and other resources to make someoneís life a little easier, and we do nothing to guarantee their safety.

Itís a shame when we have Peace Corps volunteers teaching our children Information Technology in our schools and we do nothing to guarantee their safety.

Itís a shame when we have Peace Corps volunteers teaching our business community Information Technology and we do nothing to guarantee their safety.

Itís a shame that we have Peace Corps volunteers who assist in pre and post natal care with our mothers in the community and we do nothing to guarantee their safety.

Several Peace Corps volunteers in New Amsterdam were constantly harassed, threatened and physically assaulted several times by one individual. Despite repeated efforts by the U.S. Peace Corps to resolve this situation with this particular individual, nothing was done.

Because of this issue, the Peace Corps volunteers in the area were withdrawn. There will be no more Peace Corps volunteers in the area for the foreseeable future.

Guyana is always looking outside for things. We depend on the World Bank and other lending institutions for money. Then we beg for debt forgiveness.

We depend on barrels from outside family members. Then we sit around and donít look for jobs. We depend on volunteers. Then we rob, harass, beat up and rape them and the people in authority are reluctant to address these life-threatening issues.

It seems so simple. Why is it so complex? One individual has hampered the efforts of people who willingly come from the outside and have so much to contribute to our development as a nation and people.

While the people who are responsible to protect, enforce and assist us nonchalantly go about their business, the country continues to stand still and our children keep on suffering.

People in charge of our welfare and safety need to be decisive. Act instead of talk. Be proactive instead of reactive.

Take responsibility.
SYDNEY TAIT





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