Purge deadly aggression; time for peace-building

Friday, April 27, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) is deeply shocked and grieved by the gruesome killing of a mother, her two children, and another, yet unborn, in Green Island, Hanover. The council extends condolence to the families and communities most impacted by this horrific occurrence.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the disregard for the sanctity of life by many in our country; the violence so often meted out to our women and innocent children in domestic disputes, and our seeming inability to manage conflicts without them becoming violent.

As a council, we believe that peace is possible; it is needed, but it requires real engagement.

It is clear that many of our people have developed skewed mindsets expressed in varying antisocial behaviours and so inflicting deadly aggression on innocent children and those who pose no threat is only a manifestation of a psyche that is crying out for healing.

Life cannot continue like this. The JCC calls upon the Government, religious community, educators, civil society, all well-intentioned Jamaicans, and others who have made this rock their home to work at purging the psyche of our people so that we may stop making each other into enemies, but instead, seeing, respecting and honouring the image of God in the other.

The council further calls upon all those who are troubled by experiences of violence to be equipped and engaged as peace-builders within our communities.

Let us create a better future for our children and let us keep them alive to enjoy it.

Rev Gary Harriott

General Secretary

Jamaica Council of Churches

gensec.jcc@gmail.com

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