Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Dry season?

On the eve of the 32nd anniversary of La Soufriere's eruption the nation awoke to news of flood damage on the Windward coast.Georgetown has been particularly hard hit with one bridge totally destroyed and several homes flooded and/or destroyed. In fact, skimming through the pictures on Facebook it looked as if Tomas had paid us another visit. Despite having significant rain over the past few days it was still a shock to hear of and see the extensive damage. All of this in what has been an extremely wet dry season. It's almost as if Mother Nature is making up for the drought we suffered last year. One thing for sure is there are no half measures with our Mama Nature.

These sudden disasters never fail to remind me of how very vulnerable we are."Two little breeze blow"and our agricultural sector takes a dent, a "little" rain fall and our infrastructure suffers. We are so very powerless in the face of nature's fury and our resources are so slender. Ever lurking in the background is the slumbering La Soufriere volcano which could rumble to life at any moment.Yet some idiots think it is cool to steal and /or damage equipment which monitors volcanic activity.How foolish does one have to be to tamper with instruments that could save your very life. Apparently, very very foolish.

So while I'm loving the unexpected holiday many of my compatriots in the north eastern part of the island are suffering.To them I say, take comfort in the words of the national anthem and remember what ere the future brings our faith will see us through. We will rebuild.

Friday, April 01, 2011


Children in crisis

Little Zoya Garraway was just six years old. I believe like most children she was full of life, inquisitive.loving and brought joy to those around her. Yesterday, while she slept Zoya's mother slit her throat. As is to be expected public condemnation has been heaped on the unfortunate mother. After all, a mother killing a child is a chilling occurrence that forces us to reevaluate a relationship that is associated with unconditional, protective love.

Since then I've heard the mother has a history of mental instability. Even before I heard of the mental issues my immediate reaction was not one of condemnation but deep sorrow and bewilderment. My heart aches for a slain child and a mother who can offer no explanation save "the devil made me do it".If nothing else, I hope Zoya's tragic death forces us to have a mature discussion on mental illness.Ironically, this henous crime came on the eve of Child Awareness month which begun today with a march in Kingstown.

More and more the children of our nation are suffering.According to this week's Searchlight there were 1014 reported cases of child abuse in 2010,the figure stood at 380 in 2008, rose to 420 in 2009 and climbed by 594 in 2010.These are alarming statistics that should make us all take notice of what is happening around us. Last week Justice Gretel Thom , while suspending a sentence on 23 yr old Kellecia Sutherland, charged with causing the deaths of her children was quite scathing with her comments. She was dismayed that villagers knew the children were abandoned for long periods yet failed to alert the authorities.In what I consider her most telling comment she was concerned that despite the presence of so many churches we are lacking when it comes to showing love and concern.

As damning as her comments were, I think she was right on the money.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how selfish we have become.The camaraderie I knew as a child and teen is gone.We appear oblivious to our surroundings, hardly socialising with our neighbours preferring instead the virtual world and cable tv.The judge has issued a wake up call. Will we heed it? If not for ourselves ,let's do it for the children's sake.

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