Murder Rate Threatening 2030 Goals – Chamber of Commerce


The Jamaica Council of Churches says Jamaica’s goal to become a developed country by 2030 will not be achieved if murders continue unabated.

The JCC says it’s deeply concerned and saddened by the ongoing bloodshed in the country despite the efforts of the security forces.

In a statement today, the JCC says it takes note of the over one thousand people who’ve been killed since the start of the year and the lives lost over the past few days.

According to the JCC, too many citizens are being killed and too many are responsible for their deaths.

The JCC says if this trend continues, the 2030 vision of ‘Jamaica being the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’ will not be achieved.

The Council of Churches says it seems, Jamaica’s ‘promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace’ is empty.

The Council is offering sympathy to all the families and associates who’re grieving the untimely death of their loved ones because of violence.

The JCC is urging law abiding Jamaicans to support the security forces by sharing information that will bring perpetrators to justice.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.