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PoS youths need jobs to save them from crime

By Darcel Choy Thursday, January 9 2014

Residents in East Port-of-Spain said they expect murders to continue until something more is done for the young people in the area.

Newsday yesterday spoke to residents along Nelson and Duncan Streets, two days after 23-year-old Derrick “Warlord” Joseph and 19-year-old Ishmael Bain were gunned down in broad daylight next to Nelson Street Girls’ RC School.

Many said they live in fear every day praying they are not shot dead like their fellow neighbours.

On the corner of Nelson and Queen streets, a group of men were liming outside a bar, discussing the recent events.

One man, who gave his name as Alva, described the situation as terrible and said he was scared to have his children outside because they never know when a gunman would appear. He noted the call for jobs has been made before and the response has been temporary work but the youths need more.

“They need more stable jobs, that temporary work is just temporary, what happens when the work is finished, they would go back doing what they are not supposed to be doing,” he said.

Alva also suggested the police should pick up young men who are found liming on the corner and place them in a camp where they can learn discipline and maybe a trade.

“They really need to do something with these young people, they are lost, and they need help,” he said.

In another group, several young men called for the area to be developed.

“He said if there were more basketball courts, more activities for people to do, then the love could return in the community.

One man said the money that was spent to build the Duncan Street police post could have been spent on helping the young people and the community. The police post was built at a cost of $2 million.

“That could have been given to the people because right now that police post has not helped because the crime still going on,” he said

Another young man, who did not want to give his name, said the youths have idle hands and if they do not get something to do, they will continue to pick up the guns and live the life that leads them to death.

“What the youths need are proper jobs, jobs that will give them security because when they think of getting up early in the morning to get to work on time, they will not think of picking up a gun, they will be focused and you will see things change in this area,” he said.

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