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Hundreds of Guyanese converged at the Lusignan Tarmac, East Coast Demerara, on Wednesday to reflect on 23 innocent individuals who were mercilessly slain at Lusignan and Bartica in January and February of 2008.The second “Night of Remembrance” organised by the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) reiterated that the two atrocities must not be forgotten.Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, noted that the massacres had changed Guyana. “Government also feels the pain inflicted on our nation and it cannot be erased because it is now part of Guyana’s history. Although part of the past, these events should cushion our future so this would not recur.”He added that Guyana will continue to face challenges, but how it is dealt with will define the nation.In his feature address, Minister of Agriculture,NFL Jerseys China, Robert Persaud, performing the duties of Prime Minister,Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys, stressed that the two tragedies will not be forgotten.“There are those who want us to forget what has happened, and I urge you to always keep your guard up, and our prayers and comfort are always with you as long as we can remember these tragic incidents.”Minister Persaud also spoke of the ability of Guyanese to overcome challenges, and alluded to the strength and resolve exhibited following the tragedies.He urged all law-abiding citizens to be vigilant. “If we lose our vigilance we would always be under threat,” Persaud said.Also addressing the large gathering was Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission,Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, Juan Edghill. He emphasised that good will always triumph over evil and reminded the gathering of the importance of forgiveness. “We have an option to remain bitter or to forgive, but as a Leader, I am urging the relatives to forgive.”The ERC was integrally involved in the period following the Lusignan massacre and long after the Bartica atrocity, specifically in counselling and ensuring that unity prevailed.Edghill noted after reflecting on the lessons learnt from the tragedies, he was happy to see that unity continues to prevail throughout the land.Leaders of the three major religious communities also made presentations and echoed the need for the two heinous crimes not to be forgotten.Pandit Rabindranath Persaud spoke on behalf of the Hindu community while Moulana Abu Bakar Hannif,Wholesale NFL Jerseys China, Imaam of the Lusignan Masjid and Haji Shaheed Mohamed spoke on behalf of the Muslim community. There were also presentations from Pastors Balgobin Rajnauth and Dr. Ram.Bibi Baksh, daughter of the late Shaleem Baksh, spoke on behalf of the relatives of the 11 Lusignan victims. She noted that the incident is still fresh in her mind even though two years have elapsed and painfully reflected on the pleasant memories of her father whom she stressed she will always remember. In attendance were relatives of some of the 12 persons who were gunned down in Bartica.Cultural items were rendered by members of the IAC,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, Zahid Ally, Kampta Persaud,Cheap NFL Jerseys Stitched, Claudia Hinds and Delissa Jodhan, whilst young Ashley Persaud of the Valmiki Vidyalaya Primary School in Lusignan, recited a poem she wrote reflecting the tragedy and the trauma colleagues of the five slaughtered children experienced.Executive member of the IAC, Neaz Subhan, pointed out that the organisation will not be deterred in its efforts to provide opportunities to preserve the memory of those who were brutally killed by merciless gunmen.This, it was noted, was in response to calls for a boycott of the observances. Relatives of the Lusignan victims explained that they received anonymous calls not to attend the “Night of Remembrance”.
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