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Imminent peace in Colombia gives me hope

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMKaren Henry


The recent peace treaty in Colombia and the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos have given me hope that Jamaica can overcome its current crime problem, even though the peace deal itself still has a few hurdles left to tackle.

If Colombia, with its traumatic 50-year history of guerrilla warfare and parallel history of narco-trafficking, can achieve this, there is no reason why Jamaica can't tackle its crime monster. We just need the political will backed by the collective will of the people. It will be hard to do, as this problem didn't develop overnight, but it's not impossible.

Jamaicans are resilient and resourceful, and this is not beyond our capabilities. Once we move beyond our tribal politics and complicity in corruption at all levels of society, Jamaica will be well on its way to becoming the peaceful and prosperous paradise it was meant to be.


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