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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2020. 9:42 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The United Garifuna Association (UGA), an entity comprised of the national Garifuna associations within the Americas and the Caribbean, is publicly supporting the land advocacy efforts being held in Cotton Tree Village today by activist Nigel Petillo, to help Belizeans get a piece of land in the community located at Mile 44 on the George Price Highway.

The UGA stressed that Belize’s Garinagu population and many Belizeans on a whole are having great difficulty acquiring land, due to various inefficiencies at the Lands Department and feel that successive governments have not provided adequate assistance, particularly for people living in Southern Belize.

“If our people cannot own a piece of lot or land, it will be highly impossible for them to build a house for their families and themselves,” the UGA said.

The organization also pointed out that nationals from various other countries are acquiring land in Belize which has made it even more difficult for Belizeans to get any land.

Petillo, who was one of the founding members of the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA), said that he has decided to take up the advocacy for the Cotton Tree community as a solo activist. BGYEA issued a press release earlier this week, disassociating itself from today’s initiative. Breaking Belize News (BBN) will have more from the event later today.

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