Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Helping Others Move Back

This is a remarkable report of a Jamaican who is helping Jamaicans to return to Jamaica.

CLICK HERE: Deportees Get a Reception With a Difference

I was touched by this report in so many ways, it made me think that there might be some way for me to ge involved and make a difference.

I imagine that those reading my blog are probably living outside of penal systems, and have the freedom to return to Jamaica when and if they choose.


However, there are those who are forcibly returned and their return, albeit under tragic circumstances, must contend with some of the issues that I and other returnees have had to deal with.

And make no bones about it, these are convicted criminals who are being deported, and some of them are hardened from spending many years in prison.

At the same time, they have served their time, and to hear that they are dumped on the street after being "processed" is heart-rending. It cannot be good for them, and it cannot be good for Jamaica.

Of course there is a strong opinion that "dem tief dem fi fling whey," which is probably what is happening right now. After being flung away by larger society, many of them get picked up by criminal gangs who are willing to use them and their experience to terrorize the rest of the population.

That cycle is one that must be stopped.

So, I am thinking about somehow getting involved.

After all, this blog is called "Moving Back to Jamaica" isn't it?

3 Comments:

At 9/05/2006 5:24 PM, Blogger Abeni said...

A jamaican friend had thrown out the idea as something he was willing to get involved in.I almost expected to see his name when I opened the article.

It's commendable.Who knows what effect that small bit of kindness will have.

 
At 9/06/2006 2:27 PM, Blogger fwade said...

It just might benefit a whole lot of us...

 
At 10/21/2006 8:02 AM, Blogger SimplEnigma said...

Very good article...Please keep me updated on your progress if you do become involved.

Unfortunately criminals who aren't given other options for rehabilitation usually end up turning back to what they know best, so it IS in our country's best interest to have a plan in place.

 

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