by Belize Territorial Volunteers
After almost three hours of travel to the border, the BTV group began a strenuous hike to the borderline. Just before reaching the border, the group was met by Organization of American States (OAS) representatives, who informed the group that they had reached the borderline and warned them not to proceed further west.
A local Mayan resident in the group of BTV volunteers advised that the group had in fact not yet reached the border, so the group proceeded to push forward to the cement survey marker despite the comment from the OAS representative.
“As far as we are concerned, all of that area of the borderline is already cleared. We estimate that almost 80% of the border between Belize and Guatemala is likely already cleared. We hope to continue the clearing, finishing before the end of the dry season,” says Wil Maheia, leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers.
“We are very happy that alcaldes (mayors) from Otoxha and Dolores showed up with some of the patriotic and brave people of their communities, despite being told by the chairman of the Toledo Alcaldes Association, Alfonso Cal, that they should not attend the border clearing because it could be dangerous,” noted Maheia.
For more information on the Belize Territorial Volunteers and upcoming hikes, contact Wil Maheia on Facebook or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For background on this story, see Belize Territorial Volunteers demarcate border lines.