Jamaica News: The Child Protection and Family Service Agency (CPFSA) will stage its 12thCandlelight Vigil and Concert on Monday, November 19, at Emancipation Park from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This year’s vigil is being staged under the theme ‘Every Child Deserves Protection’, in commemoration of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Speaking with JIS News, Public Relations and Communications Manager at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said that the annual event brings into sharp focus the atrocities that are being committed against Jamaica’s children. “We at the CPFSA believe that the theme is very fitting, because of all the atrocities that are committed against our children. They are being killed in motor vehicle accidents, in fires, shot, chopped and these are affecting us to the core, so we are using this opportunity on World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, which is recognised, globally, as a call to action for every Jamaican to understand that every child deserves protection,” she said.
Reports have shown that between October 2017 and October 2018, some 49 children were murdered while 21 died under tragic circumstances, with Kingston and St. Andrew recording 19 children being murdered for the period. “As a country, we should see how best we can protect our children from all the ills. We want to get it into the psyche of everyone that it is your responsibility to protect the nation’s children,” Miss Dixon said.
Highlights of the evening will be the ceremonial lighting of a candle and several children pinning the names of every child across Jamaica who was killed on a large mounted map of Jamaica.
“In previous years, the adults were asked to make the declaration to the nation’s children. However, this year the children will make the declaration boldly saying what they expect adults to do for them to feel protected and be protected,” Miss Dixon said.
The event will culminate with a concert featuring Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) finalists, Wayne Marshall, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Gospel singer, Carey Sayles and Digicel Rising Star third-place contestant, Diel.
State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, and Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Senator Damion Crawford, will bring greetings.
Source: JIS News