AS St. Lucians join the rest of the world to pay respects to tragic events that unfolded in Paris last week, are we failing to realise that whilst our troubles are nowhere near as bad as the said country, we are still living under the threat of local terrorists who have reduced the majority of us into fearful recluses?
Who are those terrorists? Nope, not the Muslims…true Muslims in fact don’t commit or condone such acts so I’m not even worried there. I’m referring to those dastardly fiends who continue to rape, rob and murder on a daily basis all around the island.
So basically, it has reached a stage where people need to live with curfews if they want to stay alive or keep hold of their dignity and belongings, right?
What has this tiny teardrop of an island come to when the times have become so dangerous that people can no longer feel safe in their own houses far less for the streets at any given time?
Gone are the days when these acts were common in dark isolated areas…these days, they take place wherever and whenever, like on a well-lit suburban street in Carellie on Sunday night where a young woman was nearly raped on her way home from work. This woman was bitten, roughed up, robbed and was nearly dragged into the nearby bushes.
The robberies and violence are seemingly nonstop and the perpetrators are so brazen these days and they are merciless. Call me naïve or even blind but I truly cannot bring myself to understand how and why these people are so…evil.
The island is being held hostage only in this instance, there is no ransom or clear cut solution to end the siege within a few hours or days.
I’m not even going to sing my boring old song asking the relevant parties to stamp their feet down and work harder to shrink this burden that’s breaking the backs of law abiding citizens because I somehow doubt that they’re even reading my silly little column.
I got some relief late last year when a number of incidents were reported where thieves were caught red handed by vigilant citizens who said enough was enough…I say that needs to continue. I’m not calling for chaos or anarchy, murders or violence, but for goodness sake, if the relevant parties are not doing their jobs sufficiently then it’s time that we step up and protect ourselves and our neighbours.
I just hope that the same inactivity that goes into stopping the crimes will go into prosecuting individuals who defended themselves and their own because seemingly, people who do just that end up paying for a “crime” and treated as criminals.
Whist my heart goes out to all those who lost their lives in Paris recently, do pardon me for not joining in on the “Je Suis Charlie” chant. No, MwenSé Rochelle and I think it’s high time that we take our island home back from the grips of terror and receive justice for all the victims who have seemingly been forgotten over the years.