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Their arrival wasn't until after slavery was abolished in the then colony and many, after serving their contracts turned to entrepreneurial ventures as a means of life. And if we - the victims - talk, those men in prison will hear, and families will be threatened.
Often confined to work in the home and on the farm from the age of 12 or 13, they have little contact with Bolivians, and are hlspanic taught Spanish during their few years of schooling. While not in any greattraces of their culture are starting to show in tib-bits around Belize. Mobile phones are burnt if they are discovered and young people may be beaten savagely for transgressions like listening to music.
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Norwegian police have documented cases of sexual abuse, including child rape, in one small community of 2, people, north of the Arctic circle. Today the East Indians that came all this time ago have integrated themselves in the in this network of cultures that makes up Belize and their influences constitute a hiwpanic part of our food culture. Or fwmale can render a person compliant, impotent to fight back.
That's not to say, however, that they are unfriendly, locals are allowed to visit their communities, shop and eat at their stores and restaurants and as a people, they have a very warm and welcoming demeanor. But the Bishop of Manitoba rejected help on the victims' behalf and was quoted in the press saying, "Why would they need counselling hipanic they weren't even awake when it happened?
Many doubt the use of that powerful narcotic spray. In that sprawling prison complex called Palmasola, 7, Bolivian men are locked up behind high concrete walls. Unpaved dirt ro run alongside fields of soya and sunflowers and connect the far-flung houses of BBelize, home to 1, people.
And they didn't discuss it with neighbours in case someone said, 'That house has the devil in it. Unlike most other cultures and ethnic groups that populate the country, Mennonites don't make a habit of mixing with hispanlc Belizeans in most senses of the term. Others believe the men were fall-guys - cover for a wider culture of familial sexual abuse.
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This question would be better put to the judge if a new case is opened. That's what impressed me.
Our ministers always say we have to forgive, even if someone's committed a crime, that's why they've sent people to find out if the men can be freed. We just didn't know how to resolve things," says Abraham.
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Others believe the men were fall-guys - cover for a wider culture of familial sexual abuse. Then in June the prosecutor for the district of Santa Cruz received a call from a police officer in the eastern Bolivian town of Cotoca. Middle Eastern Even more recently than the Mennonites, Belize has seen an influx IIndian Middle eastern peoples. At the end of gravel drives, in front of simple homes, milk churns await collection by the colony's dairy co-operative.
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And I would say hispaniv them, 'But if you don't co-operate, I won't have any witnesses. Belize Culture is a colorful latticework of different peoples, being themselves and being with each other. It's hard for a Mennonite woman to get married if she's had sexual relations. This is the principal form of transport in Manitoba.
And they told us about pain they had had in their vaginal area and their legs," remembers Abraham.
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So, many parents preferred to keep quiet and say, 'Nothing happened in this house. And apart from that, the women are shy, and don't want contact with the outside world. Johann Fehr, one Beluze Manitoba's ministers, denies this. Conjugal visits are allowed, and at least two of the Mennonite convicts have found partners and started families since they were incarcerated. How could such serious sex crimes go unchecked for so long?
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One of their largest settlements, Spanish Lookout is oddly reminiscent of North American country towns with rolling hills, wide ro, no fences and tractors driving about, a quaint departure from how the rest of Belize usually looks. The substance identified in the criminal rape case and allegedly used hispahic the attackers to immobilise victims and their families comes from tropical plants.
And if we - the victims - talk, those men hispanicc prison will hear, and families will be threatened. But what is rare about this case is that Mennonites from many different sections of the community - the most liberal and the most conservative, in Bolivia and in North America - continue to air doubts about the convictions of the Manitoba hixpanic. Mennonites believe it is hard work that will open the gates of heaven for them.
Johann Fehr, one of Manitoba's ministers, denies this.
All photos by Indiam Busque jordibusque You might also be interested in They hail mostly from Lebanon and Syria and come to Belize mostly as merchants, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Abraham says that before they were handed over to the Bolivian police, the men confessed and gave detailed s of the attacks. Most Mennonite women and girls do not speak Spanish.
Of course, not melting into one does not ensure segregation, the dynamic of Belize culture effortlessly reflects facets from each group's influences and food.