If you’re not horrified…

…it may well be that you haven’t been paying attention.

Sooner or later, a rant was going to make its way to this blog. It’s just I can’t sleep on something that really touches a nerve.  So… (said in my best Niecey Nash voice):  I’m going in!

I’m horrified that…

Already in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, my homeland, 21 persons, many of them under the age of 25, have been murdered in just over six months.  This, in a sleepy hollow of a country with just about 45,000 inhabitants.  In 2008, there were 28 murders in the Federation, 27 in 2009, and 20 in 2010.  So in six months, we’ve surpassed the total number of murders for the entire previous year.  

What really scares me is that it is now so commonplace to hear of murder in SKB that my people seem almost desensitized by this “new normal.”  The fact that most of the victims/alleged perpetrators are gang members adds to the sense of inevitability of reprisals and revenge killings.

What happened to our “land of beauty, our country where peace abides”?  

What happened to the place where I grew up and where even one murder per year sent everyone reeling?   Where you didn’t think twice about leaving your door unlocked, or walking about in the streets at night, or going to the beach without looking over your shoulder?  

And why does it seem to be taking a year and a Sunday for the authorities to make a dent in these unsolved murders?  I truly wish the new police chief the best.
What’s been horrifying/upsetting/annoying you, and how are you going to contribute to the solution?




  1. Anonymous says:

    Great article about pressing issues, Alison. As I was reading the piece about the murders in SK, I was thinking about the days when one murder was big news. You are so right…in our days, things were so different…really, a much easier, laid back life. It is sad to hear there are so many murders on that little island. Hopefully, the powers that be can get the situation under control.
    I really enjoyed your writing. Keep on writing. I'll be looking for more. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Alison, I forgot to identify myself, Arlene…

  3. Thank you Alison for being a voice on the hill! I'm so busy with life that I do find it easy to not know what's going on but thanks to my husband he keeps me informed. I used to not want to know because it was just too hard and heartbreaking but now I know I HAVE to pray if that's the only thing I can do I have to pray! I love your blog!

  4. Thanks Arlene and Tricia!

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