18 Jan 2012

Grief in all its forms


I would like you to look at that face on the left. It is the face of a mother who lost her two sons to violent crime. What do you see?

I see the obvious grief of course. I also see hopelessness etched in those features, along with questions.

This mother might already know that her sons’ killers were found, but then a conviction has to be obtained… easier said than done in a country with a .0365% conviction rate for capital offences.

But lest you think this woman is alone in her grief and despair, please look here, here and here.

The hopelessness and anguish are all too real.

Those who bought the words of Kamla Persad-Bissessar when she promised a crime plan and action within 120 days of taking office might now be regretting that they got out of bed that day. Crime is not decreasing. It is increasing. If murders continue at the current rate, we will see 515 at the end of 2012.

Yet, out political leaders are embroiled in who paid what for a Porsche Cayenne SUV, in retaining self-gifted ‘Silk’, and who need bush baths.

I think I finally give up.