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Weekend Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By Don­ald Ramo­tar

With­out

doubt the twenty-three years that the PPP/C was in of­fice saw our Amerindian/hin­ter­land com­mu­ni­ties mak­ing very great strides. The achieve­ments are im­pres­sive and in many ways they set a stan­dard for other sim­i­lar com­mu­ni­ties around the world to as­pire.

I would like to quickly point out when the PPP/C took of­fice in 1992, our Amerindian pop­u­la­tion was on the de­cline. This was caused by many fac­tors, in­clud­ing mi­gra­tion to Brazil and Venezuela and a high death rate caused by malaria in par­tic­u­lar.

Poverty was all per­va­sive. All the com­mu­ni­ties lacked ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing schools, health cen­tres/ hos­pi­tals, pure wa­ter sup­ply, etc; drink­ing wa­ter in many ar­eas was con­tam­i­nated by min­ing and sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

To­day, the Amerindian pop­u­la­tion is the fastest grow­ing in our coun­try and their progress in ev­ery area is im­pres­sive.

We now have sec­ondary, pri­mary and kinder­garten schools in all hin­ter­land com­mu­ni­ties, which have de­vel­oped so rapidly that the au­thor­i­ties are now con­sid­er­ing nam­ing many as town­ships.

The Amerindian peo­ple are now prom­i­nent pro­fes­sion­als in ev­ery area of life - doc­tors, en­gi­neers, teach­ers and other pro­fes­sions.

At the po­lit­i­cal level, they have made great gains with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Amerindian Act, which pro­tects and pro­motes their in­ter­est. Their or­ga­ni­za­tion, like the Toshaos Coun­cil, has been strength­ened.

Their land is­sues have been worked on en­er­get­i­cally by the PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion and much was re­solved.

This Amerindian Her­itage month is tak­ing place two years into the APNU/ AFC regime. How­ever, since then progress has slowed

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