KINGSTON, Jamaica — Over 9,000 houses will be provided for low-income earners over a five-year period, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Dr Morais Guy says.
Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, Tuesday Dr Guy said this will be realised through partnersh ...more »
I write this letter with a heavy heart – one that is broken because of the callous attitude towards the destitute among us. I am speaking about the families who were evicted from a property in downtown Kingston and who had no choice but to sleep on the streets. These families included children, who are some of the most vulnerable in the society – if not the most.
Yes, such poor families should not be having so many children they cannot take care of, but can we undo that? While I do not support squatting, I despise the inhumane treatment meted out to them. I can't even imagine spending one night on the streets, more so, a few nights.
When I first saw the news of the eviction, my eyes were filled with tears. I kept telling myself the situation was unreal. After pondering the situation, I asked myself, “Why do we pay taxes?” The poor among us are allowed to suffer, while those elected by the said poor live a plush lifestyle and continue to turn a blind eye to what is happening. Their silence is so deafening! And Mama P, show us that you really love the poor, those hugs and kisses cannot and will not do!
Thank God for people like Betty-Anne Blaine, the The Child Development Agency, Food for the Poor and Mutabaruka, who on his weekly programme, The Cutting Edge, juxtaposed the situation of the evicted squatters and slavery. Many slaves were left to become squatters after they were freed, as no lands were given to them and they were not repatriated.
Father Ho Lung would have spent the £1 million better. Think about it. He would in no way “shell dung any nightclub in London”, as Minister Crawford did!
Many rivers to cross – can we find our way over?
Sobrena D Anderson
Prospect, St Thomas
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