Fri | Aug 18, 2017

Distressed by brutality

Published:Tuesday | August 8, 2017 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is with great distress that I woke up yesterday morning to hear of the brutal murder of a 17-year-old girl because she refused the sexual advances of some men in her inner-city community. Is this how we use our freedom and Independence?

Nanny, Paul Bogle and so many others did not fight and sacrifice their lives, so we could treat each other like this. I expected the first news story yesterday morning to be about the Grand Gala or some other Independence activity. Instead I heard of this barbaric act. I can't even begin to imagine the grief that this young lady's family must be experiencing.

What will it take to break this cycle of violence and create the Jamaica that many of us dream of? The Jamaica that is mentioned in so many Festival songs and in our Vision 2030? This island is the most beautiful place on earth, but until all of us make a commitment to rid this paradise of crime and violence, we will never realise our full potential, and live in peace and harmony.

'Jamaica, land we love' has to be made manifest in thought, word and deed!

KAREN M. HENRY

Portmore, St Catherine