Where is the outrage?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The incidence of deaths of children in Jamaica has taken crime to another disgusting level.
The recent deaths of two 14-year-old girls, one hacked and the other strangled to death, are a wake-up call to every Jamaican. I ask Jamaica, where is the outrage? Has crime become so normal in our society that we are shocked for a moment and then go on with life as usual?
It seems like this is the eerie reaction of our nation to the heinous acts committed against our children. But it cannot be business as usual when our innocents are preyed on. I challenge every citizen of Jamaica to let your voice be heard.
The Jamaican communities cannot sleep while our children are murdered. We have to unite and keep a close watch over our children. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a family and be vigilant when predators roam our streets.
I suggest we go back to neighbourhood watches, where residents looked out for each other and made themselves available for help when the other call. We have to know the issues in our communities and not be afraid to confront them through conversation and action.
I also challenge the political parties that instead of blaming the other, you should hold hands in the streets of Jamaica and together condemn barbarism. Instead of jockeying to see who looks better, sit together and create strategies that work.
I don't blame politicians for our country's ills because we are all in the same hole that we need to dig ourselves out of.
This is enough, Jamaica! When our innocent are preyed upon, we can't go about business as usual. And it's going take some drastic measures to confront these devils. Every citizen of Jamaica needs to let his or her voice be heard about a situation that's getting worse.
Brooklyn, New York