Wednesday, June 9, 2010

- Mahdia

Madhia is located in the Potaro Siparuni region, very small but very beautiful. It has a population of approximately 4000, including residents from its nearby Amerindian village of Campbell Town, a community which is governed by a village council with a Toshau at its helm. Mahdia is also made of three groups of people namely the Patamonas Amerindian tribe, the Coastlanders, who are residents from elsewhere in Guyana but resides in Mahdia, and the Islanders who are immigrants mainly consisting of people from the Caribbean islands, particularly, St. Lucia and Dominica. Mahdia is accessible by road from Bartica, the Konawaruk road and from Georgetown, via a pontoon crossing on the Essequibo River at Mango Landing. An airstrip is also available for small planes. Persons wishing to travel from Georgeown can take 72 minibuses, with a trip that will take between 5 to 8 hours, depends on the weather and road/trail conditions.

This small town is the regional administrative centre of region 8 and its has a hospital, an airstrip, one nursery, a primary and secondary schools, a commercial sector which includes dry goods’ shops, boutiques, a fuel station, two hotels and a brothel. It also has a police station with a small prison, and regional democratic council.

An annual celebration, in August, is held in Mahdia, a cultural event which usually attracts thousands of persons to the bustling community, where, according to Bell development has progressed rapidly over the past decade.

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