on to the Web site www.trinidadmurders.org, and you will hear the voice of
our people in their feedback page. Here are excerpts:
used to make frequent visits home to visit my family and friends. Now I no
longer return. I would not be so foolish to risk my life or those of my
wife and daughter by visiting T&T now.
sister still lives in South, locked up in her house like a prisoner. All
honest Trinidadians are now prisoners in their homes while the gangsters,
killers, kidnappers, burglars run free.”
live in England, and I don’t want to be here. The only reason I am here
is because I am a rape victim of four men who broke into my house.
of them, I had to leave my home and all that I knew. Please give the
president this message for me.
him that I didn’t deserve this, that I didn’t ask for this, and he has
no idea how much this has affected my life. But in spite of all I have
been through, I desperately want to come home.
tell him to give me and so many others a chance to come home without fear
or reluctance, a chance to feel safe in our own country.”
Web site was set up for Stephen Cadiz, a citizen of this country after his
employee, an ordinary decent man, Keith Noel, became victim No 136.
was brutally murdered, throat slit, face hammered in half with a cutlass.
Cadiz began a petition campaign to pressure politicians to do their jobs,
deal with crime.
the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Dr
the citizens, are fed up with the violent, murderous crime situation, and
will no longer live in fear.
demand action by our elected Members of Parliament and ask that you use
the office of the President to help us, this scared and frightened
confirmed that so far some 52,000 people had signed. We are up to murder
184 today (Thursday). That brings us to one a day. People in every corner
and street are fed up, disgusted at crime, at parliamentarians’
indifference to crime and terrorised citizens.
the government continues to ignore us and murders continue, people will
stop reinvesting in Trinidad; more expatriates will leave; our children
will never return from universities to serve, because they can’t even go
to the gym or for a drive without fear.
will have more absentee landlords, transient businessmen whose families
live abroad, who commute to Trinidad to do their business.
will be capital flight. We are going for 100,000 signatures. We want the
President to intervene to get elected representatives to do their jobs,
implement crime plans.”
Web sites confirm Cadiz’ fears.
on to UN Web sites and you will discover that for democratic countries
without civil wars, T&T ranks second in the world after Jamaica for
every thousand people, 3.36 are murdered. Our percentage of growth rate is
higher than Jamaica’s. At this rate, by 2008 we will pass Jamaica to
rack up the highest murder rate in the world.
check the CIA’s Web site. Oddly enough, despite soaring oil prices,
despite make work employment, our population has been falling by 0.75 per
cent, meaning that some 8,000 people are leaving this country annually.
applies not just to the wealthy who fear kidnapping, but to people living
in depressed areas who are bigger victims of crime.
also take or send their children abroad to family, rather than risk
leaving them to the lure of joining gangs, and a quick buck.
on to another UN Web site. It measures development not with
“erections” of FTAA buildings, or cricket facilities, but with the
quality of education and health care in a country.
where we are on that index? Falling into underdeveloped status.
your voice heard if you care. Log on to www.trinidadmurders.org/Petition.asp
and give them your signature.
are not accepting a murder a day. We don’t want to pass Jamaica this