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

Guyana’s gifts to the world

Guyana Map 2015It’s 50 years since the British colony of British 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”.


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