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A culture of disrespect

Conversations with Archbishop J

Q: Archbishop J, what are we doing about the disrespect for life in our country?

Every year, hundreds of citizens are violently killed in Trinidad and Tobago. By last Wednesday we were close to 300 murders for this year. This is a visceral continuation of the spiral in murder underway for many years now. Every citizen should be asking hard questions of the self and of our beloved nation.

In 2008 we crossed the threshold: we had 550 murders that year. Since then we have been hovering between the late 300s and early 500s. In 2018, we were 15th in the nations of the world for high murder rates. This is alarming! Our innocence has been lost, and it is a time for all of us to take stock. We need to ask: “What kind of Trinidad and Tobago do we want to be?”

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