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Worrying developments

Feb 27, 2013, 9:54 AM

News of killings and road accidents claiming lives in the country seems to becoming numerous and worrisome these days.

Late last year, it was a nineteen-year-old boy from Brikama Jamisa who was arrested by the police for allegedly killing a Guinean national in Brikama Durumokolong.

We also reported in today’s edition the case of a taxi driver, who was allegedly murdered and his body dumped in a well by a suspect, who reportedly hired him for a “town trip” to Kombo Kerewan.

It is also reported in today’s edition that two people lost their lives on the spot in a road accident in Sotokoi village in the West Coast Region on Sunday after their car hit a truck.

Also reported by other news media is that one person died and three others from the same family were seriously injured in a road accident in Lamin village last week.

Almost on a daily basis, readers read and get shocked by the occurrence of more and more of such incidents of murder, road accidents and even suicide.

These sorrowful happenings make us wonder what is happening to our society today.

Some murder cases we reported, sometime ago, were believed to have been perpetrated by mentally ill persons on their own relatives. But it seems such inhumane acts are now being committed by even mentally sound persons.

On the other hand, under-age girls no longer seem to be safe in this country.

Yet many appear seemingly untroubled by the trend.

The clearest illustration of this kind of cause-effect link tends to be that men with ugly sexual passions rape them at the slightest opportunity, which seems to take place everywhere, since the victims are even raped on the farms.

This is what we read about in the papers every day. It is so disgusting!

But we also need to ask why do they defile our girls, and leave them with scars for life?

Some people claim it is done in order to give the predators supernatural powers; others claim it is done for fun.

Whatever the motive may be, rape is abominable.

This is, indeed, a cause for concern to all, and people should take extra care in how they relate with their beloved but mentally sick relatives.

Life is too precious to be taken in such a manner, and there is a need for all to put hands on deck to arrest the trend.

People should also be extra careful, and not allow young girls to go about all-alone. They should always be accompanied.

Such incidents should put every law-abiding citizen on the alert as to the strange times we are living in. These are times that call for vigilance on the part of everybody. Nothing should be taken for granted; parents should be even more mindful of the whereabouts of their children and of the companies they keep.

Besides, they should be trained not to accept gifts from strangers.

“For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.”

William Blake

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