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West Bay peace initiative in the works

Turning our attention to crime prevention now we bring you a different story from what some say is a troubled West Bay community grappling with gang warfare.
As West Bay resident Katina Anglin aims to turn the tide of violence through an outreach programme called Let us stop the sorrow.
“No young man in this country wants to lay down at night and wonder if he gonna wake up in the morning, “Ms Anglin says, pointing out that it’s that anxiety she’s hoping to remove through her outreach initiative in West Bay to stop gang violence.

She says what she would like to see, “those who are at odds now can bounce each other and say ‘yea brother just cool’ and leave it there . They do not have to be best friends, but they can live in peace.”
Ms Anglin, whose son Devon is currently serving life in prison for murder, says she knows all too well what can go wrong and she wants change for her community.

“I hope to achieve a community that is caring and active against violence, that embraces the youth of this country especially those who we have identified as those that should be thrown in prison and have the keys thrown away on them,” she says.

She says the prison, church leaders and families in West Bay are with her in the ‘Let us stop the sorrow’ programme. But she says everyone has a role to play including companies.

“Here I have young men who saying ‘I want to get out’ but I do not have a penny, nickel or dime, to rub together but there is more than enough money in this country to rescue any or all of them,” she contends.

Ms Anglin says counselling is also going to an aspect of the outreach programme to help bridge the gap in the community. And Ms Anglin says she welcomes any one interested in being part of the peace initiative. She hopes to meet with community groups this week to have her organisation up and running as soon as possible.

You can reach her at 922-6644 or caymanadvocacy@gmail.com

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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