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Child-Murder in the Region

Submitted by Felicia Browne, Human Rights Advocate

Submitted by Felicia Browne, Human Rights Advocate

The Caribbean Mentorship Institute has joined the public outcry about the number of violent deaths of young children in the region. The recent call to curb and eradicate violence against children should warrant immediate educational programs for Caribbean youth. The Institute believes that greater protection for young children should be promoted to realise their right to live free from violence and the fear of violence.

A UNICEF report dated 2014, on Violence against Children, states that violence disproportionately affects children, either directly or indirectly. Violence by young people is extremely visible, and most of the perpetrators, as well as most of the victims, of violent crimes are male adolescents or youths. Youth violence affects not only the victims, but also their families, friends and communities, and the effects are not only death or injury, but also negative psychological outcomes, poorer quality of life, reduced productivity and generally disrupted societies.

The report adds that “only Jamaica has laws relating to the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. Instituting such laws needs to be carefully considered by other countries in the region and the necessary resources need to be made available to ensure children can be provided with appropriate and effective services to prevent further abuse and to mitigate the serious consequences of child abuse. Clear procedures for the reporting of child abuse and wide dissemination of these procedures should also be instituted. NGOs and civil society entities should be allowed to file charges against perpetrators of violence.”

The President of the Mentoring Institute, Ms. Felicia Browne, adds that “violence affects many youth in our communities. Our civil and governmental organisations should continue to promote the rights of children and youth within in the Caribbean. In many cases, they become victims of violent crimes like child-trafficking and child murder. It is reported that “47% of children in Guyana knew someone who had been killed, 60% of 9-17 year old children in Jamaica reported that a family member had been a victim of violence and 37% had a family member who had been killed. In studies from Jamaica, only 28% of children thought their home neighbourhood was very safe and 33% were afraid of someone in their community or yard, while in Belize, 40% of children felt unsafe on the streets.”

“There is a pattern,” Browne adds, “by which young victims are being preyed upon by the perpetrators of various crimes. We must do something to safeguard their lives. We should educate them on personal safety, and their right to live free from violence. We must start with our schools and communities advocating and implementing the rights of children.”

Browne believes that national mentoring programs should be implemented in Caribbean countries to foster a healthy, living environment for youth. Mentoring will give them a sense of community belonging and safety.

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17 Comments on “Child-Murder in the Region”

  1. caribbeantradelaw January 22, 2016 at 6:27 AM #

    @David, I am enjoying reading Ms Browne’s submissions as they raise awareness of social issues. The issue of violence against children is an important one but sadly one which only makes headlines when a child dies in a suspicious way. Looking at our own backyard, we are still no clearer on what/who caused the death of little Jahan King.

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  2. David January 22, 2016 at 6:30 AM #

    @Alicia

    Yes Felicia has defined herself as a fierce advocate against child and domestic abuse. You know what they say, you have to stand for something. It is also refreshing to read positions that are apolitical.

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  3. caribbeantradelaw January 22, 2016 at 6:45 AM #

    @David, I would relish the opportunity to meet her one of these days. Yes, I too agree that her apolitical views are refreshing. I hope she keeps up the good work.

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  4. David January 22, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    She is on Facebook, send her a message and introduce yourself.

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  5. Well Well & Consequences January 22, 2016 at 7:31 AM #

    If the young conscious people move away from the political movement and use their obviously very high intellect to advocate and guide their like minded fellow youngsters, thinking of and implementing new policies will becoming that much clearer, the change would be gradual, but ultimately effective….kudos.

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  6. caribbeantradelaw January 22, 2016 at 7:44 AM #

    @David, thanks I just did!

    @WW&C, you’re correct. Young people in this country could contribute a lot.The problem is many young people feel isolated from and ignored by the system and ultimately decide to look elsewhere to make their contribution.

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  7. Donna January 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM #

    Jahan King, Shamar Weekes- who cares? Not those paid to do so, it seems. I work with young people and I always try to make them see themselves as our only hope for change. Lord knows the older folk are too tame a bunch to change anything more than their clothes.

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  8. Well Well & Consequences January 22, 2016 at 8:03 AM #

    Yes they do David, but if more Alicias, Felicias and Heathers are available to draw them in and away from the politics they would gladly comply and use their intellect wisely to focus on the more important aspects of driving the economy, changing the views of other young people and effecting change….they are the springboard to the future devoid of party politics, yardfowlism and confusion which can be affected using their sense of clarity.

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  9. Well Well & Consequences January 22, 2016 at 8:07 AM #

    As you yourself has proven for the last umpteen years David, social media is a very powerful tool, with guidance from you and used wisely that tool in the abovementioned hands can perform miracles.

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  10. David January 22, 2016 at 9:50 AM #

    @Well Well

    The effectiveness of social media must be seen as a collective.

    How the Child Care Board has been given a pass on the Jahan and Shamar cases is shameful. In any first world country we would have had a few heads on a stake. Didn’t the Chairman of the Environmental Board in the UK have to resign recently? His big fault is that he was in Barbados with his family on vacation.

    Accountability must be the focus as we move forward.

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  11. Donna January 22, 2016 at 9:57 AM #

    And what about our police force? What has become of the investigations? These cases seem to have slipped off the radar. How many suspects could there be in Jahan’s case? They are so poor that they can come up with NOTHING?

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  12. Well Well & Consequences January 22, 2016 at 10:34 AM #

    David….the first step is the most important, am sure you did not have this following 9 years ago, started with a few, the Bushman, GP, Miller etc, then because the politicians and business people who wanted you gone could not get rid of you and had no choice, AC, Alvin, Carson, the Fly etc were added to rock and/or capsize the boat, but it did not work, with the right collective of young people spreading the word and getting involved, there is no stopping a positive forward movement…….perseverance David.

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  13. ac January 22, 2016 at 6:12 PM #

    One cannot address these issue without a deep and greater thought to mental Health awareness which by virtue of the fact that the heinous crimes committed to many children is in relation
    The issue of mental health in the Carribbean has been avoided with truthfulness and openness . and families out of ignorance and fear of being stigmatized or embarrassment refuse to seek help
    The growing statistics on child abuse is not a happenstance as the many roots causes are tied to unhealthy minds that need to be identified and treated beginning in early childhood
    There is no excuse for this kind of violence to be escalating at alarming rates when early signs of mental issues are prevalent in early childhood years.
    It is high time that more financial resources be given in the area of mental health . Those that are in charge of the social network for planning by corrective measures to tackle the issue of child abuse cannot do so if the available funding necessary for planning and preparedness is poorly distributed

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  14. Well Well & Consequences January 22, 2016 at 7:22 PM #

    Who distributes those funds AC…I am asking because I do not know.

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  15. chad99999 January 23, 2016 at 11:30 AM #

    The Caribbean middle class is mocked worldwide for its uncritical (read feeble-minded), wholesale acceptance of Western ideas. VS Naipaul has pointed to our slavish imitation of British and North American customs
    Felicia is the typical parrot, mindlessly promoting the bad ideas Europeans come up with. When she is not pushing feminism and misandry, she is promoting the fashionable rubbish of “children’s rights”.
    Sweden, a pioneer in the children’s rights movement and a fount of bad ideas, criminalized corporal punishment for children in 1979. In 2014 a Swedish court jailed two visiting Malaysian parents because the father allegedly pinched his son, and the mother hit the child with a coat hanger and smacked him with a rattan (cane).
    In places like Sweden and Canada today, if a parent hits a child in anger, the child can pick up the phone and have the parents arrested. Felicia and her ilk are bad news for a poor developing country like Barbados, where the lack of discipline is already causing ruin. Permissive parents raise children who are obnoxious brats, and brats are very costly to society because they lack personal control and usually turn into predators. They usually have to be stopped by police bullets.
    Do us all a favor, Felicia, and keep your ideas to yourself.

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  16. ac January 23, 2016 at 8:57 PM #

    Chad

    do you not realize that Child abuse is prevalent in many countries and if society encourage and endorse the voices of mental retards like you it would continue to increase at alarming rates
    Cannot understand your reasoning against child PROTECTION LAWS and your when you endorsement of corporal punishment which is another catalyst upon which child abuse is formed

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  17. chad99999 January 23, 2016 at 11:09 PM #

    Nonsense. Spare the rod and spoil the child. Previous generations beat their children and they were a lot better for it. Child abuse is NOT prevalent. Ordinary controls over children have been re-characterized as “abuse”. It is not so. Obviously we are not encouraging child murder. But parents must have latitude to correct bad behaviour with physical punishment.

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