It’s Peace Day and the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is urging all Jamaicans to be part of the solution in preventing crime and violence as the first steps to claiming peace.
The Alliance made the appeal in recognition of International Peace Day, which is being observed Friday, September 21 under the theme “The Right to Peace!”.
Dr. Elizabeth Ward, chair of the VPA said that everyone should adopt a non-violent approach to problem-solving. “Report crimes and potential crimes to the authorities,” she said.
Bemoaning the increasing number of children murdered since the start of the year, Dr. Ward said that it is clear that more action is required to achieve the goal of peace.
“We are failing to protect the most vulnerable among us, our children. Our children have a right to peace. We cannot continue to shield the perpetrator(s) of these heinous crimes against our children,” she stressed.
Meanwhile, in observation of International Peace Day, the VPA and its partner, the Manchester Peace Coalition commenced a week of activities, with a church service on Sunday, September 16; a panel discussion held on Wednesday, September 19 under the theme, “The Right to Peace and the Way Forward”.
There will be a peace vigil, candle lighting and counselling on Friday, September 21 at Mandeville Greens in Manchester, starting at 8:00 p.m. Rounding out the week will be a Peace Game at Brooks Park in Mandeville and, a Peace Concert at Mandeville Greens on Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
By Franklin McKnight