The Kingston-based Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is today expressing alarm at a recent spate of murders of senior citizens – Jamaicans, some of whom have returned from overseas after decades of hard work overseas. It is not only tragic and pains the heart, but it fills our elderly citizens with fear. They feel even more vulnerable. Here is CCRP’s statement:
CCRP Calls For Better Security for Elders
The Board and Management of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) have condemned the increasing incidents of violence against the elderly. They noted that the recent murder in Mount Pleasant, Portland of returning resident Halford Anderson and his wife Florence Anderson of Manchester, England has left Jamaican seniors horrified and fearful.
The organisation stated that it supported the call of Percival LaTouche, President of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents for greater security of our elderly. Mr. LaTouche had noted that many have left the homes locked up to return to their previous residences abroad and that some victims of crime have not even reported them to the police, preferring to leave Jamaica in haste.
CCRP stated that only a few months ago a Canadian couple, returning residents Melbourne and Etha Flake, who had retired in Retreat, St. Thomas, were also brutally murdered. Both the Andersons and the Flakes have been hailed as generous members of their respective communities.
CCRP noted that beloved elders, Charles Patterson of Homestead District in St Mary and butcher Joel Malcolm of Lucea, Hanover, were also murdered in March of this year and June of last year respectively.
The organisation said that Jamaica had developed a culture of coldhearted violence and is demanding leaders in Government, Opposition, private sector, church and civil society to work together with urgency for the safety of their fellow Jamaicans, particularly the most vulnerable.
The CCRP is also urging Jamaica’s seniors to participate in the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Neighbourhood Watch programme, and their family members to equip them with safety devices offered by security companies.
The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), founded in 2010, is a non-profit membership organization for persons 50 and over, retired or preparing for retirement. You can find them on Facebook and on Twitter @ccrpjamaica. Call them at 876 469-1944 or email at email@example.com.