Mia’s 3 fears

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by heather­lynevan­son@na­tion­news.com

Mot­t­ley made the com­ments as she ad­dressed a meet­ing of the Bar­ba­dos Labour Party’s Christ Church South branch at St Christo­pher Pri­mary School last night.

“We will not go any­where if we do not get on top of vi­o­lence in the coun­try, vi­o­lence in the home, vi­o­lence in the com­mu­ni­ties, vi­o­lence wher­ever it is found,” she de­clared.

PM’S view

The Prime Min­is­ter noted peo­ple would not get in­volved “in ig­no­rance” if they “felt they have some­thing to lose”.

“If peo­ple have a sense of shame, a sense that I don’t want to em­bar­rass my­self or my mother or my fam­ily or my spouse, or my chil­dren, that is the first thing that con­strains be­hav­iour,” she said, adding the sec­ond thing that con­strained be­hav­iour was the abil­ity to ar­tic­u­late feel­ings.

That, she ex­plained, meant ed­u­ca­tion and lan­guage in schools were crit­i­cal.

Mot­t­ley said in days of old the weapons of choice were a piece of 2x3 wood or a stone, but that had changed to au­to­matic weapons in re­cent times. She added while a vic­tim might sur­vive a lash with a piece of wood and the ag­gres­sor would be charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm, the ef­fects of gun­play were vastly dif­fer­ent.

“We don’t have a buf­fer any­more and to that ex­tent, we need to get on top of anger man­age­ment, lan­guage com­mu­ni­ca­tion, a sense of iden­tity, a sense of pride in who we are and not want­ing to get in­volved in things that will de­prive you of lib­erty, life or ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

“And I say so con­scious that this week we have had way too many shoot­ings. I am not go­ing to rest un­til we get Bar­ba­di­ans to un­der­stand that it must stop,” she stressed.

(Pic­ture by Nigel Browne.)

PINK RULED THE HIGH­WAY yes­ter­day as thou­sands of Bar­ba­di­ans came out for the an­nual Walk For The Cure to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer and raise money for equip­ment and medicine.Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of main spon­sor CIBC First­caribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank, Co­lette De­laney, said in the five years since the walk was in­sti­tuted, it had raised US$1.5 mil­lion.The 5k walk/run was started by Prime Min­is­ter Mia Mot­t­ley who urged Bar­ba­di­ans to take chronic non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases se­ri­ously as “how we live is how we die”, and “when you’re gone, you’re gone”.Here, cheer­lead­ers from the Dy­nasty Cheer­lead­ers Acad­emy thrilling the crowd with their moves be­fore the event. (CA)

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