Check this out and see how angry you get: http://www.evergladesecho.com/articles/2005/05/18/front/top_stories/news02.txt
ONE JOURNALIST'S RESPONSE:
As a long time journalist in Belize, I found your story of May 19, 2005, "Third grade feeds Belize" by Lisa Rogers erroneous, irresponsible and reprehensible.
Whilst I am sure that there are children in Belize who go to sleep hungry at night, there has not been a single recorded death by starvation of any child in Belize in our recorded history, and yes we do keep records.
Belize boasts one of the best and fast-improving health care conditions in the region, and a simple perusal of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization web site statistics would easily disprove many of the assertions, allegations and innuendos intrinsic to the article.
We are a developing country but one where such barbarism as described in the last paragraph, to wit: "Mrs. Deborah Vessels, who travels to Belize annually to fit school children with artificial eyes explained that in the culture of this area, a child with a deformity dares not go to school because others could stone them to death." is not only unheard of, but unthinkable.
Such a terrible slander requires more than an apology, but that every effort be made to right the wrong and repair the damage.
Belize not only has medical doctors, but persons with doctorates in arts, philosophy, science and so on. The damage this article does to our hard won reputation as a nation of friendly and hospitable people is incalculable.
The advent of the 'Net has made places like Belize virtually very, very accessible, and when you consider that we're only a two-hour flight from Miami International, well there is no reasonable explanation for this very poor piece except prejudice, carelessness, et cetera.
The editors of the Everglade News should pay penance by immediately visiting Belize, as hundreds of thousands, yes you read right, hundreds of thousands of American tourists do ever year. Come, spend some money with us - we use the cash to ensure that there are NO STARVING CHILDREN in Belize. Tourism is our primary industry, and you will leave with a 180 degree different opinion of Belize than the ones those of your readers who read the article and don't know Belize, no doubt currently hold.
And just perhaps, an investigation of the "Cornelius Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supplies the school with food and medical supplies" is in order since I never, ever heard of them in over forty years of living in Belize, either.
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