Statement by Hon. Philip Telesford: Minister for Social and Community Development Housing and Gender Affairs, on recent acts of violence in the country.
Good morning fellow Grenadians, at home and in the diaspora, I speak to you in my capacity as Minister for Social and Community Development Housing and Gender Affairs, and as a concerned husband and father.
I know that we all desire a society of peace, stability and prosperity where each one of us would have an equal opportunity to make our contributions. It may seem, at times, that this desire is out of reach, and as patriotic citizens, this weighs heavy on us. But we should never give up hope, because by the Grace of God everything is possible.
Recently, there has been much talk about the growth of crime in our society, especially among our males. Being a man and father of 3 boys, I choose to share my thoughts with you on this subject.
I challenge the males among us, who may be contemplating acts of violence, to stop and ask yourself the following questions:
- What happens when someone gets killed in a violent attack by his peer?
- Do I get the chance to live a normal life after I kill someone?
- Is there a judgement day?
From time-to-time emotions run high, people get angry, and react in ways that are inconsistent to the peace and love that we have become accustomed to. I call upon you to THINK before you act, hold your tongue and walk away from company and crowds that have the potential to incite violence.
It is better not to respond to an aggravating question or accusation, than to give a response that would spark violence. Choose life over death, success over failure, hope over despair, friendship over hatred and strength over weakness. Doing those
things do not make you less of a man. In fact, the one who demonstrates the ability to walk away, keep quiet, or speak a word of love, is the one who is strong.
Let us learn from the past. There is no victory in killing and spending time in prison. Let us turn away from a life of Crime today!
As men, we need to pray more, find a quiet place, take time to allow the Word of God to minister to our minds. Ephesians Chapter 4, Verses 2 reminds us to
“Be completely humble and gentle: be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
There are many noises from various directions and lots of negatives circulating on social media and on radio. Let us begin to celebrate the positives. Avoid negative, loud and abrasive company. Speak love and hope to your friends and together, let us build Grenada!
As a member of Cabinet, I can say that we are doing all in our power to develop and execute proper plans towards an all-inclusive, prosperous future, where everyone can play his or her part.
Brothers and Sisters, the Government of Grenada, through the Ministry of Social and Community Development, Housing and Gender Affairs offers counselling for victims and their families, and for persons affected in one way or the other by violence. The Ministry also has a Probation Unit which works directly with juveniles and their families. If anyone requires assistance from the Ministry, you can call 4402269. You can also call Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic on 440-3788/3789 or the Special Victims Units on 440- 4739.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Martin Luther King Jr.
May the Lord Bless and Keep everyone you.