Caribbean Report 22-08-1988


This program features a report on fighting in Suriname, a special report on a generation gap between younger and older West Indian immigrants, a look at US/Haiti political relations after the Haitian coup of 1986.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines – Jerry Timmins (00:09—00:28)
2. Jerry Timmins interviews Dr. Patrick Willmott, Jamaican born lecturer in Sociology since 1970 in Nigeria. The two discuss Wilmott’s forced expulsion from Nigeria on grounds that he was allegedly inciting his students to overthrow the military led regime. (00:34-04:43)
3. Report on fighting between the Surinamese army and rebel forces led by Ronnie Brunswick. The Surinamese government has pinned its hopes on international pressure to end the conflict after a negotiated settlement failed. BBC Netherlands correspondent Stephen Flay speaks to Jerry Timmins regarding the signs of mounting pressure by external stakeholders to end the fighting. (04:45-07:32)
4. In a special report, BBC correspondent Hugh Crosskill explores the issue of whether a generational gap exists between older black people born in the West Indies and younger blacks born in Britain. Crosskill takes a critical look at black support for the West Indies team during cricket matches in England, noting the absence of the younger generation of black immigrants from the Caribbean region. To get an official view on the concerns of the older generation regarding the matter, he also speaks with Earlston Warner, a Senior Community Relations Officer in Wolverhampton, an area with a large West Indian population. (07:37-10:45)
5. Financial Report: Pat Whitehorn (10:54-11:55)
6. Jeffery Light, former spokesman for the US embassy in Haiti speaks to BBC regional correspondent Alan Tomlinson on US political relations with Haiti after the military coup of 1986, including the US’s role both in aiding the Duvalier family's escape into exile and in assisting the Haitian army during Haiti’s transition period under military rule. (12:00-14:44)