|Ananda Dean - the missing child later found dead some years ago - the Ananda Alert for missing children is named for her.|
"Mama!" We hear the scream of the child as the thug reaches through the window of her house, grabs her by the hair, puts a gun to her head and orders her family to open the door or they will blow her head off. We hear her cries as she and four family members are dragged to the open lot and brutally violated. Now the tiny eight-year-old is wracked with pain of body and trauma of spirit. The mother, also a victim of the attack, weeps by the side of her child's hospital bed, fearing for her future.
"One of my officers broke down and cried," said a senior police officer from the Granville Police Station in St James, after they had visited the house in Irwin. They had seen the man of the family who was not at home when the horror unfolded last Monday, sitting on the steps of his house weeping in despair.
As we consider these unspeakable deeds, we ask ourselves how this little island could breed such wickedness. Over the past 14 years, we have had an average of 1300 murders per year, a total of over 15,000 people cut down under various circumstances, leaving tens of thousands of Jamaicans in grief.