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Hear The Children’s Cry condemns the murder of St Ann teen, calls for action

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 11:07 AM

Child rights and advocacy organisation Hear The Children’s Cry is calling for more to be done to protect the nation's children from criminals and to prosecute offenders.

The organisation, in a statement this morning, condemned the murder of 14-year-old Raven Wilson whose body was found in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann yesterday.

She was reported missing on Friday after she did not return home from school.

Her death followed the killings of Shanoya Wray and Yetanya Francis, both 14, in the Corporate Area last month.

“We have not even gone ten months of the year and nearly 40 children have already been murdered during 2018. That is double the usual gruesome annual statistic,” charged the organisation's founder Betty Ann Blaine.

“The truth is, children in Jamaica are at terrible peril and are at the mercy of vicious criminals on a daily basis. They are not safe in their homes, they are not safe at school, they are in danger in their communities and on the roads, they are at horrible risk on public transportation, not to mention being vulnerable targets of paedophiles when they are online,” Blaine continued.

She repeated her call for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to convene a Emergency Child Summit to devise a plan to protect the nation's children.

“For two years now, Hear The Children’s Cry has been asking Prime Minister Andrew Holness to convene an Emergency Child Summit to take practical steps to protect the nation’s children and safeguard their lives. After meeting with me, the Prime Minister asked us to prepare a detailed proposal outlining the objectives and format of the Summit, which would call together all stakeholders to enact urgent solutions.

“The proposal was submitted to the Office of the Prime Minister in 2017 and yet month after month has gone by with no word from the country’s leader, despite our repeated calls for action from him,” Blaine said. 

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