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'Do more to protect our children'

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Nadisha Hunter, Gleaner Writer

With two of the nation's children dying tragically in less than 24 hours, Children's Advocate Mary Clarke has appealed for an intense effort to be launched to protect society's vulnerable groups.

"I am calling on the police to get on top of things, to stop the gangs from creating harm, as they are now impacting the lives of the children who are depending on us, the adults, for protection," she beseeched.

"As for the National Solid Waste Management Authority, I am calling for them to put security at the area to make sure the children stay away, as it is dangerous for them," Clarke added.

Her plea came hours after a two-year-old boy was killed in a firebomb attack on a house on White Wing Avenue in the volatile Olympic Gardens in Kingston Monday morning.

The incident is said to be linked to a gang feud.

It has been reported that men from the Colombian Click Gang of neighbouring Cling Cling Avenue sought revenge after the shooting of two men from their community.

The men firebombed several houses while firing at residents.

While none of them was hit, the boy, who was trapped in the fire, perished.

Killed at the dump

Hours later, 14-year-old Jermaine Clarke of Riverton Meadows was crushed to death at the Riverton landfill on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

He reportedly hopped on to the back of a compactor truck at the Riverton dump while it was reversing.

He lost his balance, fell and was crushed.

The children's advocate expressed regret, saying that the incidents are unfortunate.

"The killing of a two-year-old like this is very cruel. I would like for the gang members to look into what they are doing and think if they would like to have their children or other members of their family die this way," Mary Clarke said.