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Traditional Mayas march for slain sisters in the South

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reorter

Over the weekend, 39-Mayan Communities in southern Belize rallied and marched for justice and peace in memory of slain sisters, Crescencia and Josephina Oh, who were both viciously slaughtered on their way home in San Jose Village, Toledo on January 21.

Mayan communities walk for justice over the weekend in memory of slain sisters.

Mayan communities walk for justice over the weekend in memory of slain sisters.

Committee Organizer, Maya Choc, told the media that the peace walk was dedicated to the Oh sisters as a way of publicly standing up for them and showing support to the grieving family, as well as taking the opportunity to unite together as a community against violence.

Grieving Oh family leads the peace walk in memory of Cresencia and Josephina

Grieving Oh family leads the peace walk in memory of Cresencia and Josephina

There was a strong show of support for the march, which made its way through San Jose village to the area where the bodies of both females were discovered. Two tombstones have been erected there in their honor.

Monument erected on the San Jose road where both sibilings were found murdered on January 21st, 2018.

Monument erected on the San Jose road where both sibilings were found murdered on January 21st, 2018.

At the scene, father of the slain sisters, Theodor Oh, gave a moving speech. He said despite the arrest Wilmer Escobar for the horrific murders, the matter is still far from being resolved since he is yet to face trial and be convicted.

The crowd of approximately 300 supporters, including Maya leaders and alcaldes, boarded two buses and headed to San Antonio village, where a candle-light vigil, prayers and speeches were held.
Valentino Shal, one of the supporters who attended the march and addressed the gathering says that the Mayan people of Toledo will never be silenced, neither will they tolerate or accept acts of crime or violence against any community members, especially women and young girls who should be treated with love and respect.

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