Nestled in South America, between Guiana and Guyana, lies a country with the lush greenery of the rain forests and the intense red of uneven dirt roads. In the depths of the forest the echoes of tropical birds such as parrots, toucans, hummingbirds and tanagers can be heard. Suriname's history is 3000 years older than Christ, and filled with the hunting and fishing of the Arowak tribe, a nomadic people who were almost wiped out by European disease and slave traders.
Here, in today's world, a young girl of African, Indonesian, East Indian or some other decent wears the famous fajalobi flower behind an ear as her lover whispers sweet nothings in Dutch or perhaps in Srana Tongo she will hear "mi o si" instead. Interludes are better planned at night anyway as the daily temperature of this tropical land varies between 23 and 31 Centegrades. A moonlit trip up river in a korjaal navigated by a skilled Maroon might be one romantic option. With a shortage of car parts, and a resulting high cost for taxis, a long drive on the East-West Highway from Albina to Nieuw Nickerie is certainly out of the question.
The lovers can rest assured that no matter where in the ten districts they live, they will get an equal education between them. As long as they have enough surinamese guilders(SRG) to pay for their schooling past age 12. Of course, if she's not careful the young girl may find herself caught in slavery for prostitution. And with no laws to protect her, the young suitor may find himself celebrating Holi Phagwah alone. It would be sad, would it not, if the two could not sing their country's anthem together again?
Opo kondroman oen opo
Sranan gron e kari oen
Wans ope tata komopo
We moes seti kondre boen
Stre de f'stre wi no sa frede
Gado de wi fesi man
Heri libi te na dede
Wi sa feti gi Sranan
Luckily for them, with women elected to the National Assembly
and a woman as Minister
of Regional Development
and another as Deputy Minister
Affairs in the Cabinet
...things are looking up for them.
Home Page for Suriname, http://www.sr.net/srnet/InfoSurinam
Gateway Suriname, http://www.surinam.net
Suriname Info Desk, http://www.surinfo.org/indexeng.htm