Residents Describe Whitfield Community As Jamaica’s Version of the Middle East

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A resident of Whitfield Town in the St Andrew South Police Division, is describing the community as the Jamaican version of the war torn Middle East.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared a State of Public Emergency in the St Andrew South Police Division on Sunday citing rampant gang violence.

The Whitfield Town resident, Tamara, says persons living in her community have been left traumatized by the constant violence.

Tamara, a resident of Whitfield Town in St Andrew.

In the meantime, a resident of Maverley, Sophia, says she hopes the enhanced security measure can guarantee long lasting peace.

Sophia, a resident of Maverley.

A resident of Duhaney Park, Kwasi Charles, says he’s pleased with the government’s move, but he has concerns.

Kwasi Charles, a resident of Duhaney Park.

They were speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5.



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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