Unity, Guyana

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Unity Village
Location in Guyana
Coordinates: 6°46′52″N58°07′42″W / 6.78111°N 58.12833°W / 6.78111; -58.12833 Coordinates: 6°46′52″N58°07′42″W / 6.78111°N 58.12833°W / 6.78111; -58.12833
Country Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana
Region Demerara-Mahaica
Population
 (2012) [1]
  Total455
Time zone UTC-4
Climate Af

Unity is a rural village in the East Coast district of the Demerara-Mahaica region of Guyana. The village is notable for being the birthplace of both Shivnarine Chanderpaul, former captain of the West Indies cricket team and Bharrat Jagdeo, former president of Guyana. [2] [3] Colin Croft is also from the area. [4]

The village of Unity is divided into three sub-villages: Unity (pop. 455), Lancaster (pop. 853) and Mosquito Hall (pop. 951). [5]

There are also 3 other villages called 'Unity' in the 2012 Census, 2 smaller villages in Region 2, and one in Region 3. [6]

The sub-village of Mosquito Hall was named for an old plantation. [4]

The main economic activities are fishing and farming. [5] The area is subjected to flooding from seawall breaches on the coast, due to high tides deteriorating the structures. [4] [7]

Public Services

Unity Nursery School, Lancaster Secondary, Unity/Lancaster Mandir, a health centre and Cheshire Home, established in 1972 for providing care to children and adults with disabilities [5] and the Mahaica Children’s home opened in 2013. [4] The area once had a Leprosarium, which resulted in parts of the area being considered 'unclean' by association. [5]

Gibson Primary for the children of Unity and Lancaster Primary for the children of Lancaster and Mosquito Hall. However, the two schools shared the same ballfield and at recess the children played together. Lancaster Primary later became a Secondary School, but the name can still be seen in faded paint on the building.

Neighboring town of Mahaica also is a common destination for healthcare and their market. [4]

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References

  1. "2012 Population by Village". Statistics Guyana. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. Bhattacharya, Rahul (2007). "The Man from Unity". Cricinfo . Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  3. "BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY". Office of the President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Office of the President - Guyana. Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
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  5. 1 2 3 4 "Lancaster". Stabroek News. 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
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  7. "High tide pulverizes part of Mosquito Hall seawall". Stabroek News. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2021-01-13.