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"Caged Chronicles" is the name of the book, and what is it all about? It is about selected poems written by Francis "Chino" Eiley from behind prison bars. For those of us who enjoy digesting good reading material, here is a book about to be released on Friday, February 19, 2010 right here in San Pedro in front of El Fogon Restaurant. Attendance to this memorable and very significant occasion is by invitations, as well as through this medium as Francis asked us to invite the entire town to come and share in his joy, his victory, his celebration of freedom and justice.

Caged Chronicles is about Cries of Justice- justice that Chino thought would never come. For seven long years behind prison bars for a crime he did not commit, Chino fought with every living cell in his being for courage to come out of that cage. And in his times of despondency, that is when Chino took to the pen and paper to release his feelings through his poems.

Caged Chronicles speaks about those who have been unfairly accused. It talks about those victims of society who are behind prison bars. It is about Francis reaching out to the world for help when the Judicial System had failed. It is about seven years of injustice, humiliation, loneliness, pain and sadness put into words through these poems-his poems. His only consolation and strength is his innocence.

Critique by Angel Nu�ez: "San Pedro and Friends all over the world, get ready to enjoy and feel in your veins the joy of this book, Caged Chronicles Cries for Justice. I was fortunate as Chino's Godfather to read some of his poems and was immediately impressed by his thoughts, his attitude, and his courage. Very impressive is his very first poem entitled, "Dear Tio Galento" in which Francis laments not on what happened to him, but what happened to his Tio Galento. Friends, this is a very dear book because it is genuine. It is something you have to live, be crucified, to really understand. But Chino makes us live this experience through his poems. I highly recommend everyone to read and enjoy."

In his first years behind prison bars, Chino dealt in anger, lamentations, and revenge. But one day, after five years of this misery, Chino witnessed his best friend being shot and killed right in prison. It was the turning point of his life and his quest for freedom and justice really began. It was meditation and inspiration that built up his courage to keep on and his poems kept him up. Ambergris Today salutes Chino and wishes him well. This book will help each and every one of us to keep fighting for what we believe is just and right."

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Newest Sanpedrano Author

Francis Oliver Eiley, better known as Chino, held the official launching of his book, Caged Chronicles / Cries for Justice on Friday, February 19, 2010 right in front of his residence and family restaurant, El Fogon. Chino’s sister Olive Eiley gave the welcome while Gach Guerrero acted as master of ceremonies. Close friend of the family Nellie Gomez spoke on the life of Francis Eiley and retired high school Principal and Godfather of Francis, Angel Nu�ez gave a critique of the book.Caged Chronicles is a collection of poems put together by Francis Eiley while he was serving a sentence of life imprisonment in prison for a crime which he and everyone in San Pedro knew he did not commit. (Read more on this week's issue of Ambergris Today)

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    A new author was born behind prison walls and on Friday, the launching of Caged Chronicles cemented Francisco "Chino" Eiley's arrival to the literary word in Belize. At El Fogon restaurant, Chino's family and friends rejoiced at the release of a memoir of thirty four poems written while imprisoned at Hattieville Prison for a crime he was unjustly accused of. While completing his lifetime imprisonment charge, Chino found he had lots of time to spare, and he took to the pen and began writing his thoughts, his feelings and his emotions. Little did Chino know that those whispers in the dark would carve a new path which would take him in a whole new direction, one he never envisioned traversing.

    Caged Chronicles speaks of unheard pleas, unexpressed emotions, unjust feelings and a desire for freedom. For the past years, Chino's pen was his only consolation for an unfair life cast upon him. His first poem Life Goes On is a chronicle of life behind prison walls. While life still continued outside, ever changing, behind those walls, everything remained the same. Behind those very same walls Chino was affected by violence, when he saw his best friend in prison shot point blank to the head. His friend's death made Chino realize that life could be taken away so easily and, having spent years locked up, he wanted his family to have something to remember him by. The poems, steeped in emotion and pain, were delivered home for the family. To Susana Eiley, mother, the poems were a part of her son and she cherished every single one of them. "They were my son's emotions and feelings. Sometimes it would take me a month to read a single poem. I would read paragraph by paragraph, racked by emotion, I would continue slowly. They were filled with emotions and I used to cry while I read one of the paragraphs. At times I would wake up before dawn broke and would read some more. It was very emotional," Mrs. Eiley commented. The poems were a way of dealing with the pain, anger and rage felt behind the guarded walls. It was also a way for Chino to deal with his fear.

    Mrs. Eiley was so filled with pride at her son's talent that she would share the poems with all those that would frequent their family business, El Fogon. Chino's father Norman and sister Olive, saw the potential in the poems. They realized that those cries of anguished pain should be shared with the world and so the publishing process began. "I never could have imagined that the book would be released before my release from prison. I always maintained my innocence and I knew that the time would come for me to be free. Little I know that I would be able to attend my own book launching," he commented.

    Chino's love for poetry has grown and continues to grow with each passing day. Other book works are in progress. Upon completion and publishing of Part of the Caribbean, the public will learn about the origins of the Garifuna in Belize. To be released later this year, Chino follows the life of the first Garifuna on the Belizean shores. A poetry album is also in the works, whereby Chino's poems will come to life and will be accompanied with music. The audio recording will be released in the next couple of months.

    "The support I have received from everyone is overwhelming and very much appreciated," stated Chino. "My time spent behind bars made me realize the importance of life and as such, I encourage the youth of Belize to study, read a book, make your life better. Only you can do it and believe me, it feels good."

    Caged Chronicles can be purchased at El Fogon restaurant and select gift shops on the island.

    Chino was released after years in jail for the murder of Justo "Galento" Perez.

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