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New book explores gang culture in Belize

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Nuri Muhammad, renowned for working with troubled and at risk youths in, launched a new book on Friday, concentrating on the phenomenon of gang culture in Belize.

Muhammad launched “Insights into Gang Culture In Belize: essays on youth, crime and violence” at the Leo Bradley Library.

The book, a collection of essays compiled over some 25 years, details conversations and events in Belize when gang culture was still a new occurrence, up to more recent times, where the country, particularly Belize City has become considerably more violent.

Several guest speakers shared their experiences with gang life in Belize, including Melissa Major, widow of renowned street figure, George “Junie Balls” McKenzie.

Muhammad in his remarks called on communities and both major political parties to take a meaningful, collaborative stance to addressing the social issues which enable gang life to thrive in Belize.

“Just like how we need to have a unified stance against Guatemala, we need to be unified in other issues, and crime is undoubtedly one of them.”

The book is on sale for $30 at stores such as Brodies and the Image Factory.

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