HELEN OF THE WILD, WILD WEST – By: Melanius Alphonse #castries #stlucia #crime #hiltonbarbados #peacefulcaribbean

It terrifies me to note my thoughts, but it would be equally remiss of me not to, as I face the morning sunrise in dismay.

And in the perceptive and comprehensive discussion of The Helen of the West Indies that opens the narration, the Human Development Report (UNDP) chronicles Saint Lucia as the number one Island in the Caribbean for youth crime and number three as the murder capital behind Jamaica and Trinidad.

I am not surprised, but I am compelled to write.

It is also in this translucent light that the Peaceful Caribbean Foundation will not run from this fight; and the Peaceful Caribbean Conference which is scheduled to be held in Bridgetown, Barbados, at the Hilton Hotel on April 20th, 2012 has gained wide appeal.

Such complex problems like gang violence, crime, criminal and social justice issues; trafficking in drugs, firearms and persons, Caribbean deportees and domestic violence, sparkles like shards of glass in the sunlight, harboring major threats to national development and the economic life of the Caribbean region.

#castries #stlucia #crime #hiltonbarbados #peacefulcaribbean

Melanius Alphonse is a management and development consultant. He is an advocate for community development, social justice, economic freedom and equality; the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) critic on youth initiative, infrastructure, economic and business development. He is the media director for the Peaceful Caribbean conference 2012, and can be reached at malphonse@rogers.com

Nonetheless, the Caribbean region’s leaders remain voiceless on these issues, which now breed in a fertile area, but their arguments are dense and complex. They sit in defensive mode holding on to the inevitable.

They are too timid to stand up in the fight of what’s right and wrong and like the emperor of Rome who refused to patronize artists and their arts, they turn their backs away from the glare of the morning sunlight and entertain the disgrace and calamity of crime as species degenerate in shameful silence.

With Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda sleeper cells in Latin America, The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines and other Caribbean Islands standing on the sidelines as observers (Saint Lucia included), sophisticated criminals continue to roam the Caribbean.

It is unacceptable for the region to accommodate weekly deportees of various backgrounds from North America and Europe with very little alternatives but to continue to ply their trade on an unassuming public.

The simple fact is that – mixed with unemployed youth, this combustible formulation is brewing, to tear at the heart of Caribbean civilization.

It is troubling and frightening that Saint Lucia, with a marginal population, is on par with a major metropolis like Toronto with 48 and 49 homicides respectively for 2011.

It is death by misadventure and economic chaos, when Saint Lucian manufacturers, farmers and the tourism sectors are struggling to meet basic bench mark needs.

When youth on youth crime and violence continue unabated, this is a sure sign of the carnivorous nature of man in the thrust to remain on top of the food chain by claiming their turf.

Through the lens of my prescriptive spectacles and the reach of knowledgeable information, it is very practical that the keeper’s of peace and the proponents of the electable mafias watch in silence, as society rapidly disintegrate.

To those who know and understand, the opportunity to make right with the Caribbean region, the time is now.

Unless the region’s policy makers and law enforces join forces to make right and to enact functional workable solutions to the root cause of turbulence in the Caribbean region – the region may very well lose its virgin state.

In this regard, the Caribbean region has no place for a life, partnered as the Helen of the wild, wild west, but rather more reminiscent of a life that personifies a noble people of decency, family life, faith, self and life, and community empowerment.

The Caribbean region has no place to harbor elements of violence and darkness, and the prince of evil forces that seek the soul of virgin Island states as a place of refuge.

Thus the real challenge begins for the reclamation of the region from the looming mafia, drug and crime bosses, dressed up in sheep clothing at the table of decision making.

The Caribbean region needs to feel the heat, in order to return peace and tranquility to community by community, and Island by Island.

Your call to action has arrived.

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