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Fatherless families the root of crime

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM


These past weeks have been heart-wrenching. The blood of two girls echoes in the hearts of those who pay attention to the news.

The charred remains of 13-year-old Shanoya Wray and 14-year-old Yetanya Francis have been found within the span of one month, both suffering at the hands of savage murderers.

You know what I hate the most? In two weeks we will just return to 'normal' - all the uproar will be old news, all the stern short-term measures - deflated! Their families will continue to cry for justice, but the nation just moves on, until the next big tragedy. Then we will again cry out for justice, wear black, give money to Crime Stop and say as loudly as we can, "They will be brought to justice!"

We need to invest our time, energy and resources into long-term solutions to crime and violence. We need to protect our children! We keep putting Band-Aids on bleeding wounds.

Recurring events

If we fail to address fatherlessness and broken family life in Jamaica, we will find that these debilitating and heartbreaking events will continue to unfold - a monthly memorial of how tragically misguided our efforts against crime have been.

We need to urgently establish a National Task Force Against Fatherlessness and Broken Family Life. Rebuilding the family is the only long-term solution to crime and violence. We must start now!


President, Love March