How many Guyanese died in Jonestown? Did any other non-Americans die?

Of the 918 people who died on November 18, 1978 in Guyana, 905 were Americans, although 14 of that number were young children who were born in Jonestown.

Eight native-born Guyanese were among the Jonestown dead. All of them were children, the oldest being 16. Half the number of these children had already been adopted or were in the process of being adopted by Jonestown residents.

The remaining five non-Americans who died in Jonestown included:

  • Avis Breidenbach and Cleveland Garcia, two siblings from British Honduras (now known as Belize);
  • Santiago Rosa, a young adult from Honduras;
  • Peter Wotherspoon, an adult from Chile; and
  • Ethel Belle, an elderly woman from Montserrat in the British West Indies.
Last modified on December 22nd, 2015.
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