Guyana: jungle tourism and Jonestown
Cult leader Jim Jones led more than 900 Americans to mass suicide in at their remote jungle compound in Guyana in 1978. Some want it re-built to boost tourism in Guyana. (Photo/AP-Getty Images)
In 1978, American cult leader Jim Jones presided over the deaths of more than 900 followers of the People's Temple, based in Jonestown, Guyana.
The dead were most killed with cyanide, which some willingly took after poisoning their children with it first.
Today, the government's being asked to declare it a tourist attraction despite its grisly history, recalled in this excerpt from a story filed back in the day by Bronwyn Drainie with the CBC Radio program, Sunday Morning.
In the 33 years since that report, the jungle's grown back and the Jonestown buildings have been looted, burnt and shunned by superstitious locals. But one man who witnessed the massacre's grim aftermath believes it should be a tourist attraction.
Dispatches contributor Sarah Grainger is hacking through the bush to see what once was, and what some want it to become.
Categories: News Promo, Promo Box, The View from Here
|Radio One||Thursday 1 pm, 1:30 pm NT Sunday 7 pm, 8 pm AT and 8:30 pm NT|
|Sirius 137||Friday at Midnight & 9 am, Sunday at 10 pm|
Download Flash Player to view this content.
- New Black Friday 2014: Chaotic scenes spread to U.K. video
- The chaotic U.S., post-Thanksgiving scenes of Black Friday shoppers struggling through store entrances for deals on flat-screen TVs and other consumer electronics spread to the United Kingdom today.
- Ferguson residents pause on Thanksgiving to reflect on Michael Brown legacy
- On Thanksgiving weekend in Ferguson, protests eased and residents reflected on a highly charged week that saw the worst rioting since the killing of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
- Syrian rebels makes gains in south against forces of Bashar Assad
- U.S.-backed rebels have captured several towns in southern Syria, a contrast to the northern parts of the country where moderate rebels have lost ground from the assault of Islamic militants.
- Syrian Electronic Army hackers: Who are they and why are they targeting the media
- The Syrian Electronic Army launched a cyberattack on CBC and other media organizations this week. What is this group? Why is it targeting the media? And how dangerous is it? Here are some answers.
- Japan's Mount Aso erupts for first time in 22 years, disrupting flights
- A volcano in southern Japan blasted out chunks of magma Friday in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.