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“Country Handicapped By Crime,” Says PM

In light of nearly 24 hours of carnage in the capital where five people were killed due to gun violence, Prime Minister Perry Christie on Tuesday said the country is facing “handicapping social challenges” as criminals continue to run rampant on the streets.

Mr. Christie briefly touched on the recent crime spate in the country while addressing a full house gathered at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in celebration of Fox Hill Day.

“…We have incredible handicapping social challenges that manifests itself in terms of continuing violence conflicted by young people on young people,” he said.

In the wake of mounting homicides detectives have had to stretch their resources as they scrambled from one bloody scene to the next.
Since Sunday night the bodies of five people – two women and three men – were added to the morgue, leaving countless family members and friends grieving.

In a bid to cushion the blow that murders can have on a bereaved family, Urban Renewal 2.0 Coordinator and member of Peace Ambassadors Ruby Ann Darling said that ambassadors will be reaching out those affected families.

“We have something called hot spots and on Thursday we’re going in Englerston west where we will be going and speaking among the groups there and of course what we do, when we hear of any murders or so forth, those who are the coordinators in that area will go out and speak with the family,” she said.
“No house is saved but that does not mean that peace is not in the making, for out of war comes peace.”
She added that these acts of crime has hit home for members of the Peace Ambassadors as their co-chair, Pastor Rosylyn Astwood attended the funeral of her nephew last week and on Monday learned that another nephew Prince Prudent had been gunned downed in Pinewood Gardens on Sapodilla Boulevard.

Prudent was killed in an armed robbery.

Mrs. Darling said that Peace Ambassadors will remain firm in their fight against crime through prayer and outreach.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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