Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018. 11:57 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Yesterday, members of the Salvadoran community in Belize gathered in Maskall village to celebrate their country’s 197th anniversary of Independence, which was September 15th.
Attendees came from communities around the country, such as Valley of Peace in Cayo and Bella Vista in Toledo.
Maskall Village has a sizeable and productive Salvadoran community, the Naggo Bank Farmers’ Cooperative being responsible for more than $2 million sales in agricultural produce annually.
The first group of Salvadorans arrived in Maskall as early as 1975.
Since then, they have played an important role in the life and economy of that village and the country of Belize.
The current Acting Village Chairman and Primary School Principal, German Ramirez, is of Salvadoran heritage, his father being one of the first to settle in Maskall.
At the ceremony, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, and Maskall resident, Edmond Castro, thanked the Salvadoran community for their vital contribution, and noted that Belize and El Salvador share a long-standing friendship and deepening diplomatic relations.
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