Jamaicans are encouraged to wear black on Friday (June 23) as the country mourns the loss of children who were killed or abused.
The proclamation was issued by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at a proclamation ceremony today (June 21).
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck said his Ministry supports the proclamation, which serves as “a call for compassion, understanding, and empathy as we navigate the healing process and work towards rebuilding our communities, our Jamaica in peace, joy, and harmony”.
“The Government and the public at large continue to express strong concerns about criminality and violence being inflicted upon law-abiding citizens throughout our island. It is important that we never
become numb to these issues and that we continue to band together against criminality and violence,” said Chuck.
He also made mention of the recent incident that saw Danielle Rowe, an eight-year-old student from the Braeton Primary and Infant School in St Catherine, kidnapped and murdered.
Minister Chuck said the incident further highlighted the importance to raise awareness about these issues and ensure they are not repeated.
“I urge my fellow citizens, community leaders, and policymakers to consider this proposal with compassion and empathy. Let us unite as a nation to honor the lives lost, support those who mourn, and work towards creating a more compassionate and inclusive society,” said Chuck.
The initiative was spearheaded by the Custodes, Justices of the Peace Association, Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches, National Parent Teachers Association, Jamaica Teachers’ Association, National Child Month Committee, and other stakeholders.
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