Commentary: 14-year-old raped, killed and burnt – a troubling new normal in Jamaica

By D.R. Miller How do you comfort the mother of young Yetanya Francis, who was raped, murdered and her lifeless body found on August 24, 2018, after simply being out on an errand for her mother? Her gruesome headline story is not unique to Jamaica; especially untimely deaths of young girls where other parents stillContinue reading Commentary: 14-year-old raped, killed and burnt – a troubling new normal in Jamaica

Where is Johnny’s doctor? The medical uncertainties for being poor and sick in Jamaica

A balancing act: Medical care is ubiquitous as studies have shown that it is often routed disparities along racial and ethnic lines. Becoming ill can get extremely dark quickly on these shores. This in-explainable death represents a common medical “guessing pattern” that have caused severe financial, emotional, and physical pains for families. Regardless of one’sContinue reading Where is Johnny’s doctor? The medical uncertainties for being poor and sick in Jamaica

October is designated as domestic violence awareness month, did you know?

Beyond October: It was conceived out of a day of unity led by the National Collation Against Domestic Violence in October 1981 with purple as the official color. For several years I have participated in three miles walk/run in support of victims of domestic violence with members of the law enforcement community, advocates, treatment providersContinue reading October is designated as domestic violence awareness month, did you know?

Commentary: Jamaica’s tumultuous relations with its law enforcement officers

The island of Jamaica and most of the Caribbeans island both pre-and post-emancipation, according to many scholars has deep suspicion of its law enforcement system that often led to ongoing conflicts , and struggles. These rebellions cover a range of issues from right to vote, political representation, basic education, property and even racism to freeContinue reading Commentary: Jamaica’s tumultuous relations with its law enforcement officers