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Mixed reactions as Belizeans assist Guatemalan victims

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018. 8:56 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  Since last Sunday, images and videos of the catastrophic eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano have flooded social media.

The sorrowful images depicted children and families that lost their lives in the tragedy.

The eruption is the deadliest such in decades, with the death toll up to 109. Over 1.7 million people have been affected by the volcano that sent rivers of lava into rural villages.

Belizeans swiftly began mobilizing in an effort to gather food items, clothing and other necessities to assist the Guatemalan victims. In an overwhelming show of support, donation stations were collected from across Belize.

In Benque Viejo del Carmen, the volcano relief team gathered two containers filled with items for the victims.

And while there has been an out-pour of support for the victims suffering this humanitarian crisis, some Belizeans have expressed mixed emotions given the current rift between the two nations resulting from the long-standing territorial claim which Guatemala maintains.

One BBN reader said giving is a blessing: “ Let’s have love in our hearts, poor babies suffering too, no watch no faces, giving is a blessing, especially in the time of need.”

Another BBN reader stated: “I don’t remember them helping Belize when hurricanes and other disaster hit us.Yes it’s nice to help ppl but I’m against this because as soon as they recover they still coming for your Belizean land and wage war biting the same hands that’s feeding/helping them now.”

Guatemalan victims have expressed their gratitude for the assistance extended to them by their Belizean brothers and sisters. However, despite the mixed reactions, efforts remain ongoing to provide assistance for the needy victims.

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