Saturday, April 23, 2005
How careless. Somebody misplaced a whole country and no one really cared:
"Belize, the only English-speaking country in Central America, disappeared off the map for the past week and almost no one noticed.A fate we could wish to any of the world's many trouble spots.
"Since April 15 the tiny country the size of Wales has been without telephone links as a result of strikes and protests. Only a few internet cafes with satellite connections provide a tenuous link to the outside world...
"The outside world barely noticed that a country of 260,000 people had dropped off the map.
"A British colony until 1981, Belize is 100 miles from tip to tip, much of it sparsely-populated rain forest. It was Monday evening before the first international news agency, Associated Press, reported the trouble."