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TAJ News Talk: 12th April, 2017: Killing our people

It seems that the Trinbagonian person is a rare commodity.

Like cement in Jamaica, there seems to be a shortage of people.

And it’s not the high crime rate. Although from a criminal’s perspective, 146 murders in four months is an admirable record.

For the average person, living like a prisoner in their own home, not so much.

Not even the serenity of country life is safe as communities as old as the country itself are ripped apart by violence.

But no, not the high crime rate.

All of us are slowly and surely dying. Such is the inevitability of life.

But our garbage is killing us.

Head of the Sanitation Workers’ Union Robert Benacia says we don’t have landfills. We have dumps.

Fecal matter, chemical waste, hospital waste, fumes from burning debris.

These are all dangerous, cancer causing hazards they deal with on a daily basis.

With scant concern for their health and safety.

But Benacia has pointed out these chemical seep into the water courses near and around these dumps.

Slowly but surely, we are consuming cancer causing agents that will kill our population.

Unless we clean up our country, in more ways than one, we won’t have anyone, or anything left worth protecting.

A.C. Chan
A.C. Chan

Andrew is first and foremost a writer. Since he was seven and realized this, his life’s pursuit has been researching and understanding all the specific elements and genres of his craft. These genres include creative prose and poetry, to journalistic, copywriting, blogging and academic writing. As the News Editor and Presenter for TAJ 92.3FM, Andrew gets to pursue a number of passions: reading, writing and talking to people! He is currently pursuing his BA in Communications with a Minor in Literature at the University of the West Indies. Andrew is an avid West Indies and Liverpool FC fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, swimming, reading and of course, writing!

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