WOMEN FOR CHANGE

September 7, 2020

STATEMENT ON THE SLAUGHTER OF GUYANA’S CHILDREN:

ISAIAH HENRY, JOEL HENRY AND ORLANDO JONAS

There are mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and countless other Guyanese at home and abroad who could not sleep well, and will not sleep well for some time to come, in the wake of the brutal slaying of two sons of Guyana’s soil.

The news of the slaughter of 16 year old Isaiah Henry and 18 year old Joel Henry of Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice, over the weekend, and the killing of Orlando Jonas at Albion Berbice has revealed a Guyana we cannot boast of or take pride in.

The bodies of the two boys, found in the village of Cotton Tree, were chopped and branded with the carvings of Xs in their flesh.

The Women for Change are distraught, saddened and angry that such brutality, inhumanity, sadism and cruelty can be carried out in Guyana and on children.

We call for a comprehensive investigation and justice for Isaiah and Joel.

We implore our fellow Guyanese to have conversations in their homes on the value and equality of human life and on the sincere spirit of community.

Guyanese mothers at home and abroad have been speaking out in anguish.

Guyanese men of all races have taken to social media to explain the culture of picking fruits freely in Guyana during their boyhood days. Isaiah and Joel will not have the luxury of sharing such accounts. Their throats were slashed and their bodies mutilated and branded.

We must never forget this. We must never allow this to become how Guyanese see and treat each other. This is not the legacy and image of a proud nation. It is depravity and it is astoundingly cruel.

Let us be, regardless of race, colour or creed, the guardians of human life and our shared wellbeing – or both history and the world will judge harshly.

We mourn with the families and friends of Isaiah Henry, Joel Henry and Orlando Jonas and all Guyanese who are anguished by the dastardly and monstrous crime.

Black Lives Matter.

Tamara Khan

President

Women for Change