Editorial

Editorial

The year just ended has been traumatic for most working class Belizeans because of the high level of violence we have endured!
One hundred and forty-two murders a year is a lot of carnage for a small country like Belize, especially when you consider that 34 percent of the population are children at or below the age of 14. (www.indexmundi.com).
When you discount the children who are 14 and under, the population shrinks from 378,600 to 250,000, composed of adolescents and adults.
If we separate the men from the women, who are generally not associated with murder, we find that the 142 murders reported last year came from a pool of 150,000 male persons. This leads to the chilling statistic of 94.66 homicides per 100,000 males a year, or close to one in one thousand!
This may not be alarming to the police High Command, but it is a cause for serious concern to everybody else.
In a recent Channel 7 interview Minister of State Elodio Aragon Jr. said he did not feel disappointment at the number of murders (142) during 2017.
“This is the reality of things!” he confided.
“This is prophesy!”, another commentator added darkly, pointing to the inevitability of events.
But murder on this scale is not inevitable. It is not acceptable! And it is deeply disturbing to find that officials of the government who have the duty and the authority to do something about it are not motivated to do more.
Murder in Belize has become a neurosis, eating at the heart and mind of the Belizean male. It is so commonplace that even people like Ministers are not upset at “the reality”.
The ideology of Gangland Belize, like the ideology of Isis, has radicalized a good proportion of our population, causing men and youths to become hardened and cynical about the gift of life, the gift which provides the energy that powers our civilization. .
It is no longer a mere matter of street gangs fighting over turf. It has become a movement with power to radicalize young men through the success it has had using stealth, drugs and violence.
Relief will come when we learn to shed our complacency and indifference and work earnestly for justice and truth. Relief will come when we find the courage to confront corruption wherever we find it; whether among family and friends or among white collar institutions such as banks and political parties.
Evil will thrive when good men say and do nothing!

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