May God have mercy on our children

Friday, November 02, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I read an article titled '353 major crimes committed against our children in 2018 — JCF', published by the Jamaica Observer on October 31, 2018. The article brought tears to my eyes.

The reasons for my tears are as follows: If the statistical report is accurate, then, in all fairness, we have to agree that, as a nation, we have failed our children miserably! This figure is outrageous and disgraceful.

Crime is bad, let alone 353. By the way, my question is: Of the 353 crimes against our children, how many are related to rape, sexual assault, murder, and domestic violence?

This goes to show that, as a people, some of us seriously lack the love, the respect, and the compassion that we should have for other human beings.

With such an enormous figure, this is the time when we should all come together as a nation in unity to protest peacefully against the crimes that have been committed against our children. Enough is enough, irrespective of who the perpetrator(s) is/are.

As parents, guardians, etc, one of our top priorities should be to make sure that our children will be protected against all crimes and not just the major ones. More so, it is the responsibility of the Government to implement serious measures to guarantee the safety of our children as well. Furthermore, the Government writes the laws. It also needs to make sure that the laws are enforced effectively and efficiently.

Protecting our children against crimes are of great importance to them and us. The possibility is that, some day they could make positive contribution to society where they could very well become prominent figures of tomorrow, where some of us could benefit from as well, whether it be in medicine, education, agriculture or whatever career path they choose.

Also, ensuring that our children are safe is the right thing to do. We have to pray to God sincerely and constantly for his protection and guidance for those beautiful souls. After all, without God in the midst, there can be no real protection.

Karen C Peart

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