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Correspondence: Who will help Bahamians?
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Correspondence: Who will help Bahamians?

The economic downturn in the Bahamas is forcing many young people into a life of crime. A national development program is now needed, according to Olivia Curry, a 27-year-old from Freeport, Grand Bahama.

With the current downturn in the Bahamian economy it seems as though the Biblical adage of God helping those who help themselves has taken an ungodly twist.

The domino effect of job losses in both the public and private sector have led to what seems to be a sea of crime whose waves continuously bombard the Bahamian people.

The number of house breakings has increased, along with armed robberies, and consequently the amount of murders has skyrocketed. To make matters worse the crimes being committed can all be linked to Bahamian youth.

Long gone are the days when a young person would go out, learn a trade and make an honest living. With a misery index that increases day by day, fast money has become “the in thing”, or so it seems.

Bahamians are calling on the Minister of National Security to “fight crime” but how can he do that when we, the Bahamian public, are facilitating the criminals? It’s during times like these that one must remember that it takes just as much of a village to raise a child as it does to fight crime.

Until proven national development programs are implemented, the future of the Bahamas and its economy will continue on this perilous track.

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Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. All articles are published in a spirit of improving dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit an article in response?

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