For the first time in its 37th staging, the National Prayer Breakfast Committee says children and women will be the focus of this year’s National Prayer Breakfast. The annual event which sees church and government heads participating in a morning prayer session is scheduled to be held this Thursday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
In a Gleaner report carried today, Chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast Committee Dr Stevenson Samuels said that children and women are “vulnerable groups” who are being subjected to crime and violence plaguing the society. “Children demand urgent attention,” he declared.
The minister reportedly expressed sadness that children and women are suffering severe effects of poverty, neglect by parents, little moral and spiritual training, in addition to insufficient access to other things.
His comments came yesterday at the Church of the Open Bible Church in St Andrew.
The move by the Committee which is responsible for planning the annual Prayer Breakfast may have been prompted by the recent public furore over the sexual molestation of two teen girls from the same family in St Elizabeth by a Moravian minister who was subsequently charged. Other allegations of daughter pimping and the poor conditions under which the single mother and three daughters lived have prompted the state’s intervention and assistance. The girls who are now in state care are receiving counseling along with the other members of the family.
In December alone, 13 Jamaican women were killed in violent crimes. Eight of the women killed or injured were said to be victims of domestic abuse, crimes of passion committed at the hands of their ex-lovers. Gun violence and bludgeoning were the other causes of death in the six other non-domestic crimes reported. The women’s ages ranged from 18 to 73 years old.
The rampage has once again pushed the issue of violence against women and children into the public spotlight.
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