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Skeldon Village in Region 6, Corentyne, Berbice

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Published: 22nd of February, 2018 by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: May 9, 2024 at 15:20 pm
The No. 79 Masjid is a landmark in Skeldon/Corriverton Area. It is located just before the Skeldon Market whe come from the west.

Skeldon Village is located in the county of Berbice in Region #6 in the country of Guyana, South America. It is bordered by Springlands to the east, No. 79 Village to the west, the sugar cane fields to the south and the Corentyne River to the north. It is close to the eastern neighboring country of Suriname.

Skeldon has a population of approximately 5000 people most of whom are descendants of East Indian indentured laborers who came to work on the sugar plantations after the abolition of slavery.

Skeldon village sports a nursery school, a primary school, a secondary school, a village council, and several religious places of worship.

Prior to its closure by the former APNU/AFC administration around 2017, the people of Skeldon earned an income mainly from the prominent and long-standing Skeldon Sugar Factory. After the estate was closed down, those employed there perhaps migrated, engaged in other economic activities, or remained unemployed for some time. This publication did not carry out any research to determine how the people of Skeldon survived the closure of the historical Skeldon Sugar Estate.

Other economic activities include trade, skilled labor, buying and selling, fishing, rice farming, and cash crop farming. There are a few cottage manufacturing industries in the village of Skeldon.

Religion in Skeldon

Skeldon, as well as most of the Corriverton area, has a very high concentration of Muslims. As a result, there are several Halaal restaurants in Skeldon and its neighboring villages. I was also told that the Chinese restaurants in Skeldon and its environments don’t serve pork because the high concentration of Muslims make it low demand. There are also members of the Christian and Hindu faiths residing in Skeldon Village.

Some More Photos

Skeldon Estate Compound
Skeldon Estate Compound

Photos: Rice Farming in Skeldon

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