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Trauma specialist: Country cold and uncaring

By DARCEL CHOY Friday, June 20 2014

The country has become a “very cold and uncaring one” as children continue to die tragically.

Seventeen children age-12 and under, have lost their lives in tragic circumstances, including murder, drowning, fires and freak accidents.

In a telephone interview with Newsday, trauma specialist and chief executive officer of the Centre for Human Development Hanif Benjamin said people have become too busy with their lives to understand that they have to look out for children, who are the most vulnerable in society.

“We are not accepting that our children are the most vulnerable. We are not taking charge in protecting the most vulnerable. We are not treating the children like our future,” he said.

Benjamin said the society has not understood that it is a community that has to look out for one another

“It should be a society where if a parent falls short, there should be many safety nets to protect the children. It is time we need to say to ourselves we are the responsible ones, our children cannot protect themselves, they are not just a mother or a father responsibility, but a society’s responsibility,” he said.

He said the growing number of children dying, was creating a more chaotic and crisis driven society. “When our children continue to die, whether it be by accident, maltreatment or at hospital, we have to think of how this affecting us now and in ten years to come. Children are worried, and they are feeling like nobody cares,” he said.

Benjamin said society also needs to pay attention to the parents and families of those children who died. He said it will be years before they can actually recover and usually when things like this occur, they do not get the proper counselling and treatment.

He said his organisation intends to reach out to the recent trauma victims including the family of four-year-old Kimora Millette who suffocated on smoke from a fire she accidentally started at her family’s home in La Romaine on Tuesday.

“We do what we need to because there are families in crisis and there is no proper support system in place, wherever we cam help, we will help,” he said.

















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