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NGOs say they stand ready to assist with solutions to gun violence

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 2:14 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (BNN) wants to be a part of the solution to the issue of violent crime which is plaguing the nation.

The BNN issued a statement this week, lamenting the deaths of brothers Jon and David Ramnarace and the attempted murder of their wives. The network noted that Jon Ramnarace was a member of the NGO community and expressed its condolences to his colleagues at the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA) and his former co-workers at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

The BNN also pointed to the deaths of American tourist J’Bria Bowens during a shooting in San Pedro and the shooting death of marine biologist Celso Cawich in Harmonyville in October 2022, to highlight the severity of the problem.

“The Constitutionally protected right of all Belizeans to citizen security underpins all dynamics of our society and our development as a nation. We, therefore, stand ready to support, and lead if necessary, efforts to identify the immediate, short and medium-term steps that need to be adopted to ensure the safety of citizens on the street, at the workplace, and in our homes,” the BNN said.

The group maintains that Belize has the capability to break the cycle of violence that has plagued the country.

The Ramnarace brothers were brutally killee on December 31 in Belmopan. Police Corporal Elmer Nah has since been charged with their murder.

 

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