Guyana’s gifts to the world – By Alex Murray BBC News

Guyana’s gifts to the world

It’s 50 years since the British colony of Guiana became Guyana.

Covering 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles), it is the only English-speaking country on mainland South America.

In popular culture, the country is sadly best known for the tragic events of Jonestown, where more than 900 people died in a mass suicide.

To mark the 50th anniversary of independence, BBC News highlights some of the positive contributions from “the land of a thousand rivers”.

Read more – Guyana’s gifts to the world – BBC News

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  • Clyde Duncan  On 05/27/2016 at 9:46 am

    If I may include, one omission – BAUXITE

    The contributions of British Guiana to World War 2 and all the flying aircraft on behalf of the Allied effort – so much so dat the Führer paid special attention to the comings and goings on in Demerara – they are quite a few Bauxite vessels at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, including some friends and relatives of the author, Guyana-born, Steve Connolly in “Children of Watooka”

    Dick Evans – former CEO Aluminum Company of Canada in the preface stated [in part] that it is a collection of observations by a maturing man – a documentary in 3-bold parts:

    First, a lead-up to World War II and the grave reality of the war itself from the perspective of one of the Allies’ most critical supply outposts – Demerara, British Guiana, South America.

    Second, is the return of the author to his birthplace Watooka, Demerara and childhood experiences in a unique setting that would soon be transformed forever.

    Third, is a collection of observations at the changes engulfing his childhood home in British Guiana …. with hope, sympathy, tinges of sadness and ultimately acceptance.

    “Children of Watooka” – published by Guyana-born, Hansib Publications UK

  • Albert  On 05/27/2016 at 2:42 pm

    Guyana’s gift to the world….attend a Bishops, Queens HS Alumni celebration. The best young minds, many attended the best Univ. (Oxford,Harvard,Princeton,Yale etc), many in the best professions using their minds to develop the north. Our gift to mankind.

  • demerwater  On 05/28/2016 at 3:48 am


    • Thinker  On 05/29/2016 at 11:56 pm

      More like a gift to Guyanese themselves.

  • Gigi  On 05/29/2016 at 7:54 pm

    Guyana’s gifts to the world? Those gifts are rather limiting, and more like Guyana’s gift to Britain specifically. The exception would be the few countries that play cricket. And I seriously doubt these countries give a hoot about Guyana’s/WI involvement in cricket in the same way they don’t give a hoot that the Russia, China, Portugal, Spain, France, Japan, US, Canada, Germany, Brazil and other prominent countries don’t play cricket. And countries certainly don’t like Guyana’ brown sugar that much or Guysuco won’t be in the state it is in. I bet that 99.9% of the world is totally oblivious to Guyana’s existence and it’s gifts to the world. Jonestown was a gift to America though, it did what it was intended to do.

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