Our children deserve better

Friday, August 31, 2018

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Dear Editor,

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil — the mantra of a Jamaican culture that frowns on “informers”; the anthem of a community that can sit cowering in fear and allow young Yetanya's cries to go unanswered.

Yes, the perpetrators of the crime should be brought to justice and be brutally punished for such a callous act. But, I dare say, this is just another example of the depraved society in which we live. Jamaica has become a country where pictures of dead bodies hardly cause most people to even flinch, as they have become numb.

Jamaica — land of wood and water, land of reggae, land of “get together and feel alright” is also the land where the innocent and vulnerable can be victimised and brutalised, and perpetrators can vanish into thin air.

What is happening in our country is wrong and cannot continue. We have to see something. We have have to hear something. We have to say something. Death to the three monkeys, I say. It is our business. Let us pray, let us agitate and let us speak. Let us call their names — Ananda, Micholle, Yetanya — and all the other nameless and faceless girls who have been and are being abused. They deserve justice.

It is not OK for our girls to be slaughtered and their bodies discarded like dead dogs. The perversion has to stop. Our children deserve to grow up in a country that loves, protects, and guides them.

Jacinth Mighty

President

Custom-Made Optimist Club of Montego Bay

jaymello@yahoo.com

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