At this time myself and husband are safe, and thanks for checking in. While we live in Kingston, we do not live close to any of the areas that are “at war” is how they say it here, or communities which are warring.
Bearing in mind that Kingston is not a very large city, but lots of the poor neighborhoods are in close proximity to areas which are not as socio- economically challenged. This is by virtue of how the city was designed is my best guest. So all that to say, we are watching news at home and hearing gun shots, and helicopters flying over.
Foreign press& media are calling Tivoli and some of the warring areas, “Slums” which makes many Jamaicans very angry to here some neighborhoods being called slums. Hmmmm!
This entire ordeal in my mind could have been prevented, but due to extremely greedy, corrupt politicians who chose to befriend criminals, Jamaica is now at serious crossroads. This particular blow up, has deep historical roots, as this guy Dudus’s dad was also a known Don some 15 years ago and was murdered in jail by a fire. Drama
The worst part is that good investigative reporting is sort of lacking here in Jamaica, which leads the International Press to getting snippets from Twitter or wherever, as they try to understand it all.
I do not profess to know the entire history of it all, but I do know corrupt politicians with bad communication skills when I see them. What a freaking mess, as criminals and politicians mash up the country, very sad indeed.
Here are two links which may help you to understand some of it all ( Please note some information at the CCN piece is not all entirely true from my angle? but 95% of it is. I simply hope it all ends soon, but even if it does, the social, economic and political spaces is without good clean, direct leadership is my conclusion.