No doubt, the ones who suffer most in treacherous times, are the most vulnerable among us – the children. They are often left to cope with the effects of the life altering trauma that results from living in these circumstances. A recent study of 11-12 year olds in Jamaican urban areas found that 25% had witnessed severe acts of physical violence, 8% had experienced being stabbed, and over 33% had had a family member or close friend murdered. Without adequate family and community support, these children are left to languish, many times resorting to anti-social and criminal behavior.
The last decade has seen a sharp increase in suicide among children, a sign of the desperation which permeates their life circumstances.