God help us all!

Last week I wrote about Barbados being at the tipping point. Today I am really at a loss as to what to write, for I am still reeling from the violent events which unfolded on Kadooment Day, while not wanting to necessarily dwell on them. What I am however forced to say is that we have now tipped over into a very serious situation with regards to crime; it has gone to another level.

A Jamaican friend of mine was shocked to hear what happened on Spring Garden because she said that not even in Jamaica do gunmen shoot into crowds of innocent bystanders. The callousness of the act has left me speechless but I wonder if the perpetrators had even an ounce of remorse that they not only wounded innocent bystanders, but a six-year-old child in the process of carrying out their most dastardly act.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, someone felt it necessary to send me some pictures on Whatsapp, so that I would be aware of what our children can be exposed to at Kadooment both during and after the jump up. 

Words fail me again. I was so horrified by what I saw that I immediately began to pray. Without going into details, suffice it to say that there was one photograph of a couple having intercourse on an open beach! Someone was in the foreground of the picture and someone obviously took the photo, so the couple was copulating in plain sight. I am sorry that image ever crossed my eyesight and I deleted it from my phone immediately. The vulgarity has gone to another level. We have gone over the tipping point.

The thing is, it is the minority who are indulging in the lewd and violent behaviours, but social media makes it seem very widespread. Between the poor governance, the state of the economy and now the rampant violence, people are frustrated.  That was never more apparent than in a Whatsapp message that was making the rounds this week.

The writer wanted to know how much longer we would bury our heads in the sand and pretend that everything will “work itself out? And how much longer before honest men would stand up and say “enough is enough” and take the situation in hand. A lot more was said that cannot be repeated here but what really struck me was these heartfelt words: “The day just came when I, as a father, had to sit in my bed and repeatedly text to my daughters to find out if they were ok and hadn’t been struck by a stray bullet at the end of a carnival.”

All of us are shaking our heads at what Barbados has become, but it makes true the words of Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Good men and women have done nothing when there was a strike to protest the installation of cameras at the airport and in the Bridgetown Port. Good men and women have done nothing to insist that people and businesses that the Auditor General has identified as owing money to the Government pay it back. Good men and women have done nothing to pressure Government into proclaiming the Prevention of Corruption Act and to pass the Freedom of Information Act. So how can we be surprised that evil appears to be triumphing.

However, I do not believe that Barbados is beyond redemption. I still believe that this country can be transformed. But it will require that all of us (the family, the school, the Church, the society and the Government) work together to turn things around. It will require strong leaders who are prepared to make tough decisions and who love the country more than they love their party. We need leaders who will serve the citizens of this country, as they are being paid to do, and ensure the safety and well-being of all. Above all, we need to come together and pray for this nation as we have never done before because we need God to intervene.



Source: Donna Every is an author, international speaker and trainer. She is the Barbados Facilitator for the InfoDev WINC Acceleration Program and was the Barbados Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (2014 – 2016).Contact her at donna@donnaevery.comWebsite www.donnaevery.comwww.facebook.com/DonnaEvery1

5 Responses to God help us all!

  1. Ras Small
    Ras Small August 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Said the ostriches. Asé

  2. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross August 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    “…..A Jamaican friend of mine was shocked to hear what happened on Spring Garden because she said that not even in Jamaica do gunmen shoot into crowds of innocent bystanders.”…….lol!

    The country with over 900 murders for the year, where innocent children and women are killed at the blink of the eye……where an innocent 17 year old girl was gunned down in her bed because she refused to have sex with some idiot?

    Your friend knows what is happening in her country or the two of you making fun at this thing?

    Why are people trying to be so dramatic? All for politics…this is over bearing.

    • Biscuits August 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Agreed @Shelly.
      We lived in Jamaica for many years, curfews and all..
      …and believe me whether it is Jamaica, Bim or Miami..
      ..Gunmen are not selective.
      At the end of the day, it is important WE all do our part to prevent Bim from becoming home to violence and fear.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 13, 2017 at 8:10 am

    People only call on God when things is not going right. These are the last days nation will fight against nation. Marcus Gravy said that BARBADOS is going to be one of the most violent place in the Caribbean.

  4. Realics August 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    The people in Barbados not taking up care for their people they taking up arms for their people. So as that happen the people have to go down.following the wrong direction .spend more time with oneself.


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