Mon | Aug 21, 2017

Look out for our children

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2017 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Criminals are cutting the lives of our children short, with the knives and guns, and are also defiling their bodies.

What happened to the once-prominent saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child?' What happened to our morals and values?

Children have rights, too! Why should we be afraid to stand at the school gate? Why should we be afraid to travel on public transport? Why should our parents have to spend thousands of dollars on chartered services to take us to school and back when they are already faced with the high expenses of education?

As the young Kingston and St Andrew child ambassador of the Office of Children's Registry, it is my duty to speak out on behalf of the nation's children who are being abused daily. I am, therefore, calling on the community, the Church, the Government, the police, private organisations and other stakeholders to protect our children. Let us emancipate ourselves from the informer mentality, and the shackles of slavery.

End the screaming of our children. Cease the wailing of our mothers. Give us our fair chance to life. We are your future doctors, teachers, lawyers, business owners, farmers, even the next prime minister. We are innovators. We are the future! Help us break the silence.

OMARIO RICKETTS

KSA Child Ambassador, OCR