Reacting to the murders of a mother and her four children in Clarendon on Tuesday (June 21), UNICEF has registered its sadness and deep alarm over the continued upsurge in violence in Jamaica, particularly in relation to reports of child victims of this violence.
In a statement, UNICEF expressed its sympathy to the family and community of 31-year-old Kemisha Wright and her four children – Kimara, Shemara, Kafana and Kishaun.
Rushane Barnett, the 23-year-old suspect who was being sought for questioning in relation to the quintuple murder in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon, was apprehended by police on Tuesday night.
“This horrific and brutal attack against the most vulnerable members of our society has shocked the entire nation,” UNICEF said.
“It also highlights the need for the Government of Jamaica to accelerate commitments made to protect our children under the 2019 National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV), including: investing in programmes addressing conflict resolution, anger management, safety in the homes and community safety, and developing and improving partnerships to strengthen community resilience in relation to violence. As always, UNICEF is ready to continue our support to these efforts.”
UNICEF urged every member of society to take action to help protect the country’s children from all forms of violence and abuse.