Cries Of A Legend
RAAS, Jun 7-Bluefieldspulse
had the great opportunity to speak with Mr. Lloyd Forbes, an outspoken citizen
on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Mr. Forbes is always encouraging the
coast people especially the blacks on how to secure the the future of the
Caribbean coast (the children.) Like many concern citizens of the coast who cry
without an ear to hear; Mr. Forbes go on hoping that one day the right group of
people, hopefully young, honest and hard working will hear his cries and
pleas and come to the aid of the Caribbean coast people. Many people look down
at him. If you have the opportunity to talk to him I urge you to do so. He makes
a lot of sense and I believe he is on the same page as those of us who are
hoping to see the Caribbean coast emerge from the pit that she is in right now.
Pulse: Mr. Forbes, what is your opinion on the alleged
illegal regional council sworn in this past 4th of May?
Forbes: Hombre, we are suffering from a tremendous impact of
lack of understanding. I believe that because of the lack of new or sincere
leaders they have created a strategy of holding back the people from advancing
in all aspect. One of the greatest moment of backwardness is due to the fact
that we are not an understanding people. What took place on the 4th of May was not
surprising to me. It was an example of what things really are. After the
election, the radio stations and news papers gave a clear explanation of
how the election was carried out. They show that the intervention of the church,
the United States, the people from Miami and the local leaders of this society
carried out an election of deception. They are proven facts that after the
election, their is really nothing to offer the people. It was a fraud. A
real psychological fraud.
Pulse: One of your cries has always been that the people in
Bluefields are hungry, can you elaborate on that?
Forbes: During the 1940's I foresaw this situation and I never
held back. I was on the radio. I would set up one or three black boards around
town. I did this to give the people a hint of what would take place if we did
not take care of our national resources. This is something that can happened in
any part of the world. If you destroy all your natural resources and if
you don't enjoy the riches of nature, one day you will find yourself without the
natural resources. It has happened to us because we did not enjoy the fruit of
the natural resources. It's hard to explain why our people did not see into
this. All our people are suffering now.
The lumber is gone. There is a depletion of the shrimp, the lobster and the
turtle. Besides lack of having a relationship with the Nicaraguan government,
feeling like Nicaraguan which we were never considered Nicaraguan with all the
right of Nicaragua. Deception put us in the situation where we are right now.
There is not even a minor state, any type of program for the economical
lively hood of the Caribbean coast. If it wasn't for some cocaine that fell on
the coast and the men on ships I don't know where we would be today. They are a
lot of food in town but no money to buy it. No employment, no food.
Pulse: In regards to the land that belong to the people of the
Caribbean coast. What can the people do in order to claim their piece of land
before it's too late?
Forbes: Hombre it's already late. But still the history of the
Caribbean coast gives us a possibility of recuperating a lot of our land. Our
documentation, our historical rights, our ancestral rights, our communal rights
is still in our favor. We also have international pressure on the government to
see that the Afro-Indians get back some of their lost territories. This effort is highly
supported. Even the Nicaraguan law is stating that the autonomous law has the
ability to get back the property to the rightful people. The Afro-Indians of the
Pulse: What do you think the people from abroad can organize
toward the needs of the Caribbean coast?
Forbes: I can remember as a young men, I dedicated myself
to preparing people for the future. I headed a boy scout group of three hundred.
I think we need to see if we can do this again. We need to renew our leadership
but we need a tremendous support from outside. All our old leaders, the Hookers,
the Hodgson's are either old or has removed themselves from leading their
people. One thing we can do very fast is try to sponsor leadership. If you try
to search for leaders here you will find that they are very few and many of them have deceived us.
In closing, Mr. Forbes said that he has been preaching night and day that
there are a lot of lands behind Bluefields and in the mangros. He urge the older
folks to come up with their papers and past them down to their children. He said
that he knows that a lot of Creole people own land at Loma Fresca, Pancasan and
beyond. Mr. Forbes said maybe the children should provoke their folks into
turning over their documents so they can see what belong to them. He mentioned
that the Hodgson family, the Taylor family, the Howell family and the Thyne
family should have land in those areas. He said most of them have their
documents and maps of their properties. Forbes warns that if they continue to hold
back they are going to lose everything that belong to them in another two three
years. All the keys and lands are going he said. This is my last cry out and I
hope that people would understand. One of these days they are going to
come back home but what will they come to. The Mestizos have already taken over
Bluefields and are on the beaches.