Remain Silent and perish lonely Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.

 When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.

 When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

The above Poem has its roots in a speech delivered in 1956 by Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant pastor who spent eight years (1937-1945) of Nazi rule in concentration camps in Germany.  Niemöller was thrown in a concentration camp and ordered to be kept there for life by Adolf Hitler after he delivered a rebellious sermon in Dahlem. Whilst in the concentration camp he witnessed the atrocities that were perpetrated upon his fellow man and it was then that he realized that he had contributed to these atrocities by omission.  At the end of the war and dismantling of the camps he called on the people to show a sense of responsibility towards their fellow-men, he abjured them not to forget the lessons of the past and, above all, he reminded them constantly of the burden of guilt.

I will now take the above poem and apply it to our conditions here in Belize. Ordinarily we are an interfering people. We fast bad and up ina everybody business. In the matter of crime, however we deviate from the norm.

On Saturday the 9th August, a stalwart Belizean-Ernest “Jawmeigan” Meighan, met his demise at the hands of a callous calculating murderer. A murderer, who cowardly delivered a fatal bullet to the back of the head of a Belizean cycling Icon. Ordinarily the Police have great trouble uncovering the authors of crimes in and around Belize. In this case it is especially difficult given the particular culture of the area in which this crime was committed. It has been eleven days since this heinous crime was committed in broad daylight and the Police have yet to arrest anyone. They have cited the fact that no one is coming forth with information and there are apparently no eye witnesses.Now it can be anyone’s guess why a seemingly productive and law-abiding citizen was gunned down in such an indiscriminate and finite manner. Whatever the reason may be, we have a duty as citizens of this nation and an obligation to our fellow man to denounce these types of crimes.

We can say “I will say nothing because it is not my family, not my friend; it is not even my neighbor being affected.” But let me say this, there will come a time if we don’t stop this, when it will be you and there will be no one left to speak out for you. So this call goes out to our Belizeans who are witnesses to crimes SPEAK OUT and let’s stop this madness.