For Belize City, a city that has struggled with one of the nation's most alarming murder rates, the surge in killings so far this year has provided a jarring, blood-spattered reminder of the problem's endurance. And while the shooting sprees may seem rampant, questions are raised about the police department's ability to effectively handle the murder caseload.
And today, the Belize Youth Movement issued a release on the devastating spate of gun violence in our country. BYM is calling on the Ministry of National Security to demonstrate appropriate concern and proper leadership and response at what have been extremely violent weeks in the country. Statistics show that there have been 44 cold-blooded murders and dozens more near fatal shootings in the four early months of 2015. Almost half (20 killings) of those homicides have occurred in Belize City and the majority of them involve gun violence and gang violence. April has been the bloodiest month with 16 murders so far. While our communities, in particular Belize City neighbourhoods are terrorized by gun violence, our society is fast losing precious lives, says BYM.
The release goes on to state that “the Ministry appears out of touch and disengaged from the reality of the social rampage taking place in our society. Lastly, we continue to mark our total disappointment at the Government’s failure to treat youth development as a strategic priority. The promise of rolling out the National Youth Development Policy, made on February 27th, 2013, has turned out to be nothing but a cheap political stunt”, end quote.
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