Jamir Sanchez

Stories from Jamir Sanchez

The “Land of the Free, by the Carib Sea” is the country I call home. Belize, situated on the mainland of Central America and still considered Caribbean, is where I was born and raised. It is often referred to as ‘a melting pot’ of rich cultures. We are one people, with diverse backgrounds which makes it a challenge to keep track of one’s lineage. Why? Because we are a nation with 8 ethnic groups and 6 languages. The ethnic groups are Creole, Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese, Mennonite, and Lebanese. The official Language is English but everyone has to know Creole (English based). At the same time each ethnic group speaks its own language. Over the years Belize has become a haven for many different groups trying to escape Colonial slavery and recently modern-day slavery, civil war and political persecution. Most countries in this hemisphere became independent almost 200 years ago but Belize only became independent on September 21, 1981.