NPYCC: Return to the days when a village raised a child

Thursday, November 01, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The National Police Youth Club Council (NPYCC) is concerned about the spate of attacks against the nation's children. Since the start of the year, over 30 children have been killed.

We would like to condemn the killing of 14-year-old Raven Wilson, whose mutilated body was found on Sunday, October 21, 2018 by residents of Top Road in St Ann where she lived.

The NPYCC is also concerned about the alarming number of children being reported missing.

The level at which our most vulnerable and the future of our nation is being attacked and robbed of their childhood is alarming. It was just recently that the nation said goodbye to 14-year-old Yetanya Francis and nine-year-old Kadijah. It's upsetting that as a nation we are failing to protect our most precious treasures, our children.

At the same time, we are appealing to residents not to take the law into their own hands, but instead provide information to assist the police in their investigations so that justice will prevail.

The frequent attacks highlight the danger our children are living in; therefore, greater emphasis is needed in creating safe spaces for our children. We must return to the days when a village raised a child.

The NPYCC unreservedly condemns these killings and attacks against our nation's children. As a youth organisation we are saying, “Enough is Enough.” We are ready to assist the Government and civil society groups to find workable solutions to stem the gruesome attacks against our children.

Families, neighbours, friends, co-workers and law-abiding citizens we need to speak up, speak out, and let our voice be heard. Let's express our disgust at the violent attacks on our children. Let's eradicate this threat and continue to mould the lives of our children in being productive members of society.

Adriel Grant


National Police Youth Club Council

2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5

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