Guyana Women Miners Org voices grave concerns over Venezuelan President’s statements

Dear Editor,
In these uncertain times, the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) extends its heartfelt concerns to all, as we witness the unfolding developments surrounding the Venezuelan referendum and the recent issuance of a new map that includes Guyana’s Essequibo county.
The statements made by the Venezuelan President are deeply troubling, and have prompted us to reach out to the Honourable Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn, seeking clarity on national security measures.
As an organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of women in the mining sector, we recognize the potential impacts on the peace and stability we currently enjoy, particularly in the Essequibo county, where our extensive mining operations are based. The gravity of the situation demands that we, as responsible citizens, come together in unity and vigilance to safeguard our sovereignty.
It is with this sense of duty that we extend an impassioned call to all Guyanese citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities that may threaten or infringe upon our beloved nation’s sovereignty. Your watchful eyes and commitment to our collective well-being are invaluable in these challenging times.
In a letter dated December 3, 2023, addressed to Hon. Robeson Benn, Minister of Home Affairs, we have sought clarity on critical matters pertaining to national security measures. We have emphasized the importance of reporting any suspicious activities promptly and effectively. The timely flow of information is crucial in maintaining national security and ensuring the well-being of our fellow citizens. In this spirit, clarity was sought on modality established to centralise reports.
While we are confident that the Government of Guyana and Guyana’s international partners are making every effort to resolve this situation diplomatically, the need for us to prepare in the event of a change in circumstances cannot be understated. In the aforementioned communication to Minister Benn, we have raised concerns about the need for an emergency plan for mining districts, considering the rugged terrain of the Essequibo county. The safety of our miners and citizens working and residing in Essequibo is of paramount importance, and we eagerly await the requested information, in order to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
As we eagerly await a response from Hon. Robeson Benn, we remain committed to the well-being of our nation and its citizens. Let us stand together, united and vigilant, to ensure that Guyana continues to thrive in peace and prosperity.
Together, as One Guyana, we shall overcome any challenges that may come our way.

Guyana Women
Miners Org (GWMO)