Treat Shanice’s disappearance as a national emergency – DNCW

Shanice has been missing since last Thursday

The Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW) has added its voice in strongly condemning and expressing concern over the disappearance of 14-year old Shanice Jemmot from Layou.

Shanice has been missing for a week now.

The council said Shanice’s disappearance should be treated as a national emergency.

“We must treat this as a national emergency towards saving this child,” Josephin Dublin-Prince, president of DNCW, said.

DNCW is calling for a greater collaborative effort from all parties to ensure the safe return of the child.

“Our focus must be in securing Shanice’s safety and apprehending the alleged perpetrator,”  Dublin-Prince pointed out. “No stone should be left unturned in this effort. This act has emotionally affected the immediate family, the community as well as Dominicans on a whole. We wish to add our voices in comforting the family and to inform them that God’s love will continue to surround them at this time of their pain and sorrow.”

She continue, “DNCW wish to appeal to anyone who have information or can assist in any way to report to the police. Child abuse cases are of great concern and everything possible must be done to stamp out this evil in our country. DNCW will continue to condemn such inhumane act of violence against children.”

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68 Comments

  1. Extremely concerned.
    February 26, 2011

    :cry:
    I know what it’s like to be abused and not know who or where to turn too. I do hope this child is found unharmed. Speaking as a former abused child from Dominica I know that many times these abuses can go unseen or unheard of. I pray for the safe return of Shanice as sooon as possible, May god be with her where ever she may be.

  2. jim
    February 25, 2011

    would like t know if the police are useing sneffing dogs that would be of great help how acompanyed her to school i was just in cayman island and a young lady went missng a week ago still not found .
    now aday we cannot trust any one are we coming like america .

    well notning can beat PRAY

  3. pat
    February 25, 2011

    After all is said and done, it all boils down to a minor is missing. a mother is without her child, unable to sleep at night with worry. we should all do what we can to assist. i do not leave in Dominica but i have posted her photo on my profile to alert people. i hear about a national emergency but the Government should know that is not all. we need some action declare this one day, a day when everyone come together to search for this child, for carnival we come together, for creole music festival we come together and you mean to tell me that right now one of our children is missing and we cannot call a national day of search? i just cannot understand……i have children and i know that this is a parent’s worst nightmare. so lets put pressure on our Government to look for this child and provide some relief for the family…..

  4. happy feet
    February 24, 2011

    i cannot believe this is happening in dominica
    this is really sad. what is wrong with people today?

  5. layou
    February 24, 2011

    all that is nt de point we just need to do something to get that child i am frm layou and i can tell u the police are really working everyday and every night so stop tlkin sh*& and let us try to help please am begging please………. :(

  6. Nature Isle lover
    February 24, 2011

    I am Shanice’s causin and our family is suffering through this ordeal. I have been asking all my friends and every Dominican I know to contact their families back home and inform them of the situation and offer their assistance in anyway they can…….I was surprised at how many of them came back and told me, “my mother say she never hear that nah.” or “my sister tell me I don’t know nothing about that, who child dat.”

    Its heartbreaking, I know its carnival and we Dominicans love it like coshon luv laboo, but this is a child. Even we the family don’t know for sure if she is where she is willingly or if she was taken against her will, although with every passing day it seems to be the later. But regardless of the circumstances behind her disappearance our only interest, hope and prayer is to have our little girl home…..the rest we can figure out after.

    From one parent, brother, sister, causin, aunty, uncle, Dominican to another, please contribute however you can, even if its just with prayer in helping bring shanice back to us.

    And for those of you who are wondering what her relationship with her family home circle was like……well she was and is loved by us all, not to mention her mother and she knows that.

  7. not in da!!!!!!!!
    February 24, 2011

    thats so sad…all i can do is pray for god to guide her back home

  8. unkown
    February 24, 2011

    I am a 14 year old as well….If I was in shanice’s place from the time I heard that my mother was take to pshychiatric unit I would have already run home…….Shanice the entire country is in sorrow……Wherever you are please come home……

    • heartless crip
      February 24, 2011

      boy if it was never my relative boy, i believe i would hav really go mad too because from di time i hear is a little girl dey take i would have really show Dominica why i am a heartless crip

      • Homeboy
        February 24, 2011

        You guys hear about bloods and crips On TV and you all wanna bring that ‘ ish to DA’? Go get a job

  9. negre marwon
    February 24, 2011

    This is so typical of people living on a plantation “slavish mentality” Talk..Talk..No action..
    pass de buck..not my problem…waiting for someone else to make the first move. Nothing is
    preventing anyone from mobilizing a few yout’ man and begin the search. Since most of you’all
    are unemployed and “enyen a fait” this should not be a problem. So get up your butts and get going. I’ I’ve already started. My search team is on it’s way from Morne au diable.

    • SoFla
      February 25, 2011

      SOMEBODY PLEASE VOLEY THIS FOOLS COMPUTER>>>CUT HIS INTERNET >>>SOMETHING>>>>THAT MAWON IS A FOOL!!! AN AGITATOR

  10. Deoborah
    February 24, 2011

    This case is very puzzling to me. I cannot understand how a fourteen girl who went to school in a small village,disappears into thin air, and nobody can account for her. The public needs more information to put everything in context.

    • hmmmm
      February 24, 2011

      Exactly. There is a lot of back story to this situation, that is not being shared.

    • precious
      February 25, 2011

      100 percent agrees with you

  11. Muslim_Always
    February 24, 2011

    Everyone need to play their part to ensure this child is found. I say to families and friends, start photocopying flyers of her photos, stick them up in the main sea ports, airports and all over the country. Leave no constituency unturned.

    Second, have a search party, along the route where she could have disappeared especially at nights. The search must not stop until she is found. Does she have a facebook, twitter account etc. cell phone, all possibilities need to be explored. We can do it people, I pray she is return safely. Ameen.

    It is already too late, these things should have been done from the 24th hour. At least the public is aware so let’s work diligently and put the politics aside for once please. Thanks.

    Today is Shannice’s day, let’s hope a repeat of disappearing stops by God’s grace. Amen.

    • A
      February 24, 2011

      I did just that this morning. Started my own posters.

      • Muslim_Always
        February 24, 2011

        Very good, I appreciate that, this is what I like to hear.

    • happy feet
      February 24, 2011

      i hope they did that from day one. that is one of the first thing that they do
      here in the US WHEN SOME ONE GOES MISSING ESPECIALLY A CHILD :cry: :cry:

  12. Anonymous
    February 24, 2011

    When was she last seen and with who?
    What were the living conditions in her home like?
    Who are her friends have they been interviewed?
    Is this the first such incident?
    Does she have a boyfriend?
    Does she have a computer, lap top or cellular phone? If so have the phone records been checked?
    Has anyone mobilized a group to go out searching for her?

    Dominicans need to get it together and unite with the goal of bringing this young lady home safe.
    This should be the number one priority in this country. The police have proven themselves to be incompetent and I call on the people of the country to focus their energies and attention toward bringing this young girl home safe.

    It has been an entire week with no reported sightings, phone calls or contact made with anyone. At this point there needs to be an air of desperation about the efforts. Dominicans I am not in the country and cannot be there but PLEASE mobilize efforts and organize a search team to go looking for this woman. Someone knows something.

  13. .......
    February 24, 2011

    Dr. Aaron need to put his thinking cap on and contact Venezuela for helicopter, let the ALBA cooperation be visible Dr.

  14. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    February 24, 2011

    In this era children need to be protected more than ever. Parents should not allow their children to walk alone be it to school.
    Sadly too, this identical situation occurs overseas. Parents are warned to keep a close tab on their younger and teenaged children, boys as well as girls. There are those who will prey on them, pretend to be kind, deceive them and abduct them and God knows what else they will do with them. If they are found alive, they will be very fortunate.
    I do not know the circumstances of Shanice’s disappearance. However, if children are walking alone to school and especially long distances, where the road is motorable, the government should look into providing school buses to transport them to and from school and let them off in a safe environment.
    It should not be said that the government does not have the funds. Parents could contribute a portion of funding according to their means. This includes the business environment. It is worth looking into.
    Children should also walk in two’s and three’s and never alone.
    I continue to be concerned for the welfare of Shanice, to pray for her and for her family.
    God, whom nothing is hidden from, knows where she is and what has happened to her. I can only hope that she is being protected. Wherever she is may God assist her accordingly and may she return home safely.
    Family of Janice, I know in your time of sorrow which is a trial for you, you have the faith and strength and continue to pray for your beloved Shanice.
    Dominicans all over the world who have heard and read of her disappearance are all concerned and praying for her and for her return. Also for you. You have many prayer warriors.
    May God continue to give you the strength. Never cease hoping. God bless you!

  15. Bougla
    February 24, 2011

    If necessary seek help from the US and UK.

  16. wake up
    February 24, 2011

    Put CARNIVAL and POLITICS on pause for a few days please help in the search to find SHANICE JEMMOT and to bring her home , this young girl could easily have been your sister, cousin, aunt or friend it’s been a week have a heart help bring Shanice home safely by joining the searches.

  17. itasssi
    February 24, 2011

    WE NEED BOOTS ON THE GROUND

  18. Officer Bin Laden
    February 24, 2011

    So many things are being said by persons on the streets. You really dont know what to belive. As sad as the situation is, the persons who have been close to the girl need to be completely honest with the police! did she own a phone? did she make any calls on that day? was she in any relationship with any Male? was she sexually active? were there any signs that she wanted to runaway from home?

    Sooo many questions to ask. I think we at least need a few answers while we the public is assisting for the safe return of the child!

    To the Family hold strong! God Never Gives us more than we can handle!

  19. rasberry
    February 24, 2011

    evrybody talkin bout wat d police doing..right now its a national emergency which means we are all involved .so al d time alu takin a chat up on dno alu cud be making some posters or sumting…..less negativity pple..progress in positivity…time wasting talking will nt get dat lil grl back..sure its true dem police laps on that case bt afterall we all have a life….

    BUT …MI NA LIE….IF IS MY SISTER ..MY BROOTHHHEEERRR,,,IF I SEE MISTER…dats all im ganna say for now….*em*cough*

    and leme guess when the police dooo catch him..how lng he gan go jail again? 4 – 5 years..might come out on account of good behaviour…lmaoo…alas.God gracioously hear us!!!

    • Homeboy
      February 24, 2011

      How certain are you she was abducted. Get your facts before you run your mouth.

  20. hmm
    February 24, 2011

    I just hope this child is safe, because it is very strange that she go missing and no one can find her. Even people who know the area, and if any knows the place where shanice may be stop being like Tmz by the road side or stop giving day-say news, and look for that child. Its time we put our mouth action in to the ability to search for that child.

  21. frustrated
    February 24, 2011

    it hurts my heart 2 hear this…if it means dat d government put a public holiday and every1 make groups and search d entire country down den we need 2 do it..this has gone down 2 long..my god it hurts me..i hav a litle girl 2 and every minute of d day im at work d situitation pops up in my head..please d/cans do something.. with d grace of god lets pray she’s alive and well..as a mother i wld any and everything 2 ensure my child is safe …on another note i tink all dem magistrate shld revisit dem laws dey hav for plp abusin our children..especially wen a man abuses a minor..dey need 2 start castrate dem dam men now..im tired of hearin children bein abused..so wat al u tink we makin children 4 al u 2 do wat d hell al u want with dere innocent bodies..LET OUR CHILDREN B CHILDREN.. stupes..

  22. One Day
    February 24, 2011

    I agreed with persons who said to cancel carnival. If this is really a National emergency, well let us act like it. Can we put aside our selfish desires until this child is found. OR is this asking too much. Should we put Shanice disappearance on hold until after carnival when we can get back to it. Are we being hypocritical when we lament that we care.

    Let us put a national effort to look for this child. Let every village take the time out uncovering ever hole, upturning every stone, knocking on every hut in all the gardens… let us find this child. BUt i doubt very much that any of this will be done, I think I will return and see many negatives just for agreeing to cancel all carnival activities.

    • TwakaiFg
      February 24, 2011

      Oooooookay? What if all this time this kid ran away and was hiding? DNO please could you guys so a research on how many times kids go on missing in Da? When I was in high school it happened a few times cases just like this and turned out they ran away from home cause of home problems or relationships. Every little news that comes out it seems ppl think is 1st time it happens or ting getting worst. Stuff like this happens more than u know. Putting The Island On Pause Is Not An Answer. When home girl turns up at a friend house and she ran away all this time then what?

      • stupessssss!
        February 24, 2011

        I quite agree with Oneday PUT D CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS ON HOLD!!!! IT CUD HV BEEN ANY ONE OF OUR KIDS!!!! stupes!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Out of touch
        February 24, 2011

        Twakaifg, it is irrelevant at this stage whether she ran away or was kidnapped. The fact is she is underaged and missing. We need to leave no stone unturned until we find her. How would you feel if you were missing and no one cared?

        • TwakaiFg
          February 25, 2011

          WHERE DID YOU SEE I SAID MO ONE CARED? Why arnt her family n school putting out fliers and handing them out. Why arnt they out there? Then u have ppl saying cancel carnival. They should have been more into it last week. We don’t even know the whole story. I’m sympathetic to the family but sumn is up. Take a step back n look at the whole thing. It’s kinda shaddy a 14 yr old vanish just so. Why isn’t her school doing something why is t her family handing out fliers m such. Why wait on the police n then want carnival canceled??

  23. ss
    February 24, 2011

    doesnt any of these groups who are so concerned want to put a search team together to try and find her…im sure there will be people who are willing to help………i kno i am…..

  24. Really Concerned
    February 24, 2011

    Very Sad situation. I hope she is found soon.

  25. what ever
    February 24, 2011

    that is a torn of cr*&!!! In little dominica they cant find a child 4 so long!!!!! i mean comeon the first day the child was missing there should have been a search party going on, and people asking others if they have seen the child or where she was last seen i mean someone most have seen the child at some point!!… THEY JUST HAVE A BUNCH OF CHAT AND NEWS. I MEAN WHAT POLICE IN DOMINICA DOING NUH??!?!?!?! THEY JUST SITTING THERE.. A WEEK IS TOO LONG!

    • stupessssss!
      February 24, 2011

      U JUST SIT ON UR LAZY BEHIND AND CONDEMN POLICE!!! what have you done to help bring her home!!!!! PEOPLE LIKE U SICKEN ME!!!!

    • Watching!
      February 24, 2011

      It would be nice if people like you would stop asking what is being done and ask WHAT CAN I DO OR HOW CAN I ASSIST in finding this teenager. If you must know the police are doing their best. We all ought to be our brothers’ keepers and if we have nothing good to say, then either we keep quiet or just say a prayer for the safe return of the child.

      God bless us all!

    • rasberry
      February 24, 2011

      how u so sure da jus sitting dare huh??.

  26. speedute
    February 24, 2011

    we can hire a helicopter to take picture of the nature isle but not to search for this young girl huh.
    saturday we had a helicopter taking pictures yet the police/government could not ask to use it for an air search.
    think ppl, think!

    • yes sa
      February 24, 2011

      The helicopter was not from the government, ross that get there helicopter to remove pictures of the school. get your facts right my broda…

      • stupessssss!
        February 24, 2011

        is so they stay!! they just say what they want !! typical dominicans!!

      • No name no warrant
        February 24, 2011

        People just like to fabricate stories, get ur facts then write, i mean real facts

  27. I have a dream
    February 24, 2011

    Someone has to be missing for a week for all this effort and speeches made? Oh come on. Usually the police said after 24 hours then the person is declared missing which allows the perpetrators a quick get away hence endangering the person’s life. Hmph!!! Think that needs to be changed.

  28. Shadow
    February 24, 2011

    If we embrace the idea of no carnival until Shanice is found we would be really living the great lesson depicted in the story of the prodigal son. God would smile upon us as a nation.

    We need to do it genuinely, put our hearts, minds and efforts together to find Shanice. I have a 14 yr old neice and if God forbid this thing would happen, I would not survive it…I know my heart is just not strong enough for such a thing.

    My prayers are with the family…..hold strong, be of good courage.

    I say a national emergency and search plan is in order!!!

  29. da in anu
    February 24, 2011

    I WOULD REALLY LIKE 2 KW WAT THOSE POLICE DERE DOIN N WHERE THEY SEARCH IS…CUZ THIS IS BULLLLLL…..

  30. Glen Beck
    February 24, 2011

    STOP TALK AND PUT ALL ON STREET AND LOOK FOR THE CHILD! WHEN ALYOU MAKE ALYOU SPEECH GET A 5MIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT YOU FEEL GOOD AND DATS IT. UP TO NOW I COULD BE WRONG BUT I HAVE NEVER HEARD ON ONE SEARCH PARTY FORMED BY RESIDENTS ALL THEY DOING IS TALKING ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE TELL THEM AND NOT GO TO THE POLICE WITH THE INFOMATION!

    • anonymous
      February 24, 2011

      true

    • HMMMMMM(the psychic)
      February 24, 2011

      I agree

  31. Shadow
    February 24, 2011

    Home boy great comments……I hope all of these things have been taken into consideration. This is basic in a situation like this.

    I know also she must have had a cell phone….lime or digicel should be able to provide something….

    • stupessssss!
      February 24, 2011

      her aunt said she does not have one sweet!

      • Homeboy
        February 24, 2011

        My suggestions weren’t limited to only cell phones. I just wanted to provide insight as to what needs to be done.. IN SHORT ALL POSSIBILITIES NEED TO BE LOOKED AT. No one is exempt, not the Aunty, pawen, beau père , cousin, etc.

  32. mouth of the south
    February 24, 2011

    our justice system is too soft on those who abuse children,,,, shanice wherever u are i hope that u are safe,,,, it burns me that someone would be so heartless,,,, i have sisters and if that would happen i wouldn’t know how to act,,,,, the sad thing is we are in the carnival season and most people might not even pay too much attention,,, this matter is a national emergency and i’d advice that after queen show and calyso king show that all carnival activities be stopped,,, no street jump up,,, no parading,,,, if this child is not found then all that should be bypassed till next year,,,, it’s bout time we make a serious example of the perpetrator/s,,,,, our judicial system has n is continuing to fail us,,,, we all take crime for a big joke in d/ca except the criminals themselves,,,, those criminals see our system as one which isn’t serious,,,, since last thursday shanice has become dominica’s child and i see her like my little sister,,,, anyone with information should go to the nearest police station,,,, does any friend no anything,,,, this can’t happen in dominica,,,, somebody has to know something,,,, i do hope we get u shanice wherever u are,,,,

    • Shadow
      February 24, 2011

      I agree, no carnival until she is found!!!!!!!

      • mouth of the south
        February 24, 2011

        shadow no carnival,,,,, lots of people will not like it but we have to start somewhere,,, no street jump up,,,, no street parade,,, for the sake of economics i’d allow the queen n calypso show,,,, but after that everything done,,,,,,

      • Lovely
        February 24, 2011

        i agree 100%

      • Anonymous
        February 24, 2011

        u frickin mad!!

        • mouth of the south
          February 24, 2011

          anonymous i guess no carnival will kill u,,,, think of the situation we are dealing with,,,, instead of having police on the street monitoring revelers,,,, they should be out in every single bush to find this child,,,, we must use our resources wisely,,,,

      • rasberry
        February 24, 2011

        i wish dat too….bt da wud nevverrrr do such a ting..too much is at stake for dem…d.a alu be wii.u forgetting man,…….

    • Anti-hate
      February 24, 2011

      No Carnival unless she is found? That’s the dumbest recommendation of all time. That’s silly on so many levels I don’t even know where to start.

      • mouth of the south
        February 24, 2011

        ay ay he come out of hiding,,,,,,,,,, anti-hate where were u all d while,,, well apparently u have no option or idea but as a labourite u’ll do what comes natural which is talk negative,,,,, no carnival means the officers and populace will be used effectively to search for this child,,, like nanthan i know it’s all bout money for allu,,,, so what would u care bout a ‘child’ whose not related to u,,,,,,,,but remember it could be any of our family

        • Anti-hate
          February 24, 2011

          Dude as i told u i have a life i’m a student i have more important things to do than post on DNO all day.

  33. Homeboy
    February 24, 2011

    While I agree with this statement, Police investigators, the public and all concerned need to tackle this disappearance without preconceived notions and bias. The family ( parents and immediate relatives) need to be questioned. All possibilities have to be examined. Her relationship tongue people in her life, what was her mood, demeanor , appearance in the preceding weeks. Talk to her friends, classmates, and more importantly Father, Mother, Brothers, boyfriend..

    There has to be clues.. Check emails, Facebook, spending habits, no stones left unturned until this child is found safely or whereabouts known.

    • perry
      February 24, 2011

      that’s what am talking about keep comments like that and the police ,friends , family or families will be more educated on the issue and have an idea of what to do and the step they can take.

      • Homeboy
        February 24, 2011

        Thanks but information is meant to disseminated.

  34. Lance Bokit
    February 24, 2011

    You guys wait one WHOLE week to make that statement? Stupes. Ever heard of mobilizing within 24 hrs and it’s importance? A week later after what has been done has already been done all you coming with all you blah blah blah? DE CHILD BLOOD AND TEARS IS ON ALL OF YOUR HANDS FOR YOUR INACTION.

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