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DO WE REALLY CARE…ENOUGH? By Verna St. Rose-Greaves

posted 26 Jan 2016, 17:44 by Gerry Kangalee
We express hypocritical horror at the story of a 14 year old girl who from age 8 has been a victim of rape, incest and abuse; now pregnant not knowing if the child she is carrying was fathered by her daddy or her uncle. This has been going on in our midst for years and many of us continue to be friends and protectors of the perpetrators.

We run our mouths on a four year old baby boy killed by bullets on the Beetham. Through our eyes a photo of him bedecked in the family gold makes him a potential criminal.

In the face of a number of young girls reported missing, for many of us they just hot and looking for man therefore looking for them is a waste of police time.

A 13 month old baby brutally raped by two named men: we mouth platitudes for the victim; we prescribe death for the abusers, curse and blame the mother. Then we rationalize that when ‘these things’ (child abuse) happen in the home there is nothing the government can do about it. Really? Of course it depends on whose government is in office!

Two children, yes children, on their way home from school are dragged out of a vehicle and shot, brutally murdered in full public view. Expressions of sympathy seem shallow as public response concerns itself with whether they were guilty or innocent victims. 

Justification resides in rumours that they did not attend school that day and one never knows what they were up to.
We were not spared the sickness of race baiting; after all it was PNM black hen chicken killing one another. Offended Africans return with their own racist fire. For many it is a Laventille problem and not a national one.

The dynamic of these conversations require our attention. In the midst of a mother’s shock and grief, persons argue whether she called Karma or Kamla a bitch. One or the other will determine their response.

The Parliament is no different. For the opposition VAT on books will cause more murders. The government grieves that the murdered boys were good students who had bright futures. I guess the death of bad underperforming students would be easier to accept.

A press release reads "The Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of State are saddened by the reports in the daily newspapers concerning the safety of our nation’s children…”; well if it is just the reports that sadden us then perhaps we should just ban newspapers. If our concerns are deeper then we cannot simply inject police and soldiers. There is so much more that we can do and that needs to be done. The big question is: do we really care…enough?