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Living in denial over child murder

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

We are being forced to face the terrible truths of the murder of children through madness and malevolence, as well as a society deeply in denial.

We are in denial about the state of our families, some of whom have children they do not want. We are in denial about the economic hardships causing people to make decisions that may destroy them. We are in denial about the quality of leadership required to guide and inspire us through this difficult period of our history.

We live in a country which forgets its troubles and, instead, dances, during which time we convince ourselves that we have no problems. It is the time of the reckoning.

When we hear the truth, we dismiss the facts and figures. Like the fact that our country has a high rate of coercion for teenage girls to enter transactional sexual relationships sometimes with men old enough to be their fathers.

Listen to our children who feel unwanted, neglected and unloved. The economic and social development that is dependent on the skills, optimism and the energy of these young people requires new strategies.

Child Month 2015 must be a time of sober reflection and collaboration.

HILARY HICKLING

hilary.hickling@gmail.com