On Leaving Guyana – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Guyanese boarding Aircraft at Cheddi Jagan International AirportBoarding aircraft at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport – Guyana
Photo Credit: Guyana Times International

The worse part about emigration is not the brain drain. It’s the fragmentation of the family and community. Before my time came to leave the land of my birth, I had already lost to emigration, aunts, uncles, cousins, school friends, my three brothers, my sister, and my mother. Only my father and I had remained. Marriage gave me a new family with new connections.

Like thousands of other Guyanese over the years, they left for all kinds of reasons: higher education, reunite with family, economic hardships, racial and other violence, political victimization, corruption, crime, and more.

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