Mothers should band together

This is the second time that I have written to the press.

My first letter was about two years ago when we had a series of tragic road accidents involving youths.

This is again about young victims; this time, of gun crimes. More than once recently we have had to face the tragic news of young victims of gun crimes.

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the families of the victims. For a caring mother, father or other family member, it must be terribly painful to lose a child or see one badly injured as a result of violence.

As a mother of three children, I know how important our children are not only for a family but also for the community, for the country and wider world.

Each one of us as an individual may have limited influence, but if all mothers are united and are determined to fulfil our responsibilities; we can bring about positive change. Most mothers are very good mothers, however, I would like to urge all mothers to spare a moment to think about the basics of motherhood.

1. Be vigilant: keep an eye on your sons and daughters.

2. Show interest in what they are doing.

3. Let them know that they are loved and cared for.

4. Make them realise that they are all valuable members of the family and the community and that they have a role to play

5. If there is any doubt about their behaviour, talk to them and guide them on to a better path.

6. Get to know their friends and if they are involved with the wrong people, talk to them before it is too late.

7. If you know your sons, daughters or other people are involved with guns or other weapons, talk to the police or anyone you can trust – that could be your pastor, a women’s organisation, just a friend or relative.

Your action could save not only your sons’ or daughters’, but also other peoples’ lives too. Violent people have to learn that there is no place in Cayman for them. We have to stop being scared and have courage to act both in our own families and collectively, as women in Cayman have done to reduce domestic or gender violence.

Mothers, let’s band together to say NO to illegal guns!

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the families of the victims. For a caring mother, father or other family member, it must be terribly painful to lose a child or see one badly injured as a result of violence.

Mariko Jack – Government House

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