Tagged as one of the most murderous nations on Earth, many may think Jamaica doesn't have a prayer of changing. But tell that to young Choc'late Allen, who heads here next week Monday to join in the fight against crime and violence - with hands clasped and eyes closed.
For three days, starting Monday, Choc'late will be fasting and praying for a turnaround in the nation. The 13-year-old home-schooled girl received worldwide attention in January when she embarked on a similar feat in her native Trinidadand Tobago.
Choc'late will conduct the fast at the St. Andrew Parish Library from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m daily.
In a press release, Choc'late, who is also the chief executive officer of the non-profit youth organisation Caribbean Vizion, said she will be fasting on behalf of the young people in Jamaica and the rest of the region in an effort to reduce the levels of crime.
Moved by the high crime rate and its effects on young people in her nation, Choc'late fasted from January 8-10 in Port-of-Spain, the Trinidad capital.
She received the the endorsement of Trinidadian Prime Minister Patrick Manning and a number of regional leaders such as the Prime Ministers of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas, and Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Choc'late can now add to that list Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who has given her full backing to the fasting initiative.
Police figures up to March revealed that there have been 365 murders in Jamaica, 51 more when compared with the similar period last year. The murder tally for March included eight children.