The latest crime fighting initiative here has heard calls for music to be used to fight the scourge of crime.
At Friday’s CariMan Symposium on Violence, participants were told by the organisation’s Vice President Oliver Wallace, that it is not enough to say that music encourages violence, but that it was necessary to turn that aspect of the problem into a positive by making anti-crime and pro-peace music to encourage the youth, especially young men, to distance themselves from acts of violence.
He also called for practical, action-oriented ideas to tackle what’s seen as an increase in acts of violent crime on the island.
CariMan Dominica’s President Thomas Holmes said his group was, along with the rest of the society, ready to work against the kind of violence he said was “destroying our people, destroying our land” and having a negative impact “on the very fabric of society”.
“Can we leave our homes without fear of returning to see them burglarized,” Holmes queried while addressing the symposium.
“Can we send our children on an errand, to the park, at school, to the river, to church without the fear of someone violating or abusing them,” he asked further.
He also lamented recent attacks on tourists, a development seen as a growing trend in areas frequented by visitors to the island.
Education Minister Peter St Jean, one of the speakers at the function, said he was concerned that violence threatens to derail the efforts being made to build a nation of peace.
The minister commended CariMan Dominica for their involvement in the efforts to tackle violent crime, and said the group’s efforts supports the government’s outreach programme on violence.
The symposium included discussi0ns on the types of violence and criminal activity being displayed in Dominica by perpetrators and the impact on victims, as well as what can be done to reduce violence in the country.
A panel discussion on the subject was also scheduled to focus on “The Negative Impact of Violence on Our Dominican Society”.
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