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Residents install burglar proofing
Residing among a cluster of trees at Brasso Seco
Trace, a few metres from where Rampersad s body
was found on Tuesday, one farmer, armed with his
cutlass, said there is an uneasy feeling in the com-
"Everybody tense and jumpy. Look where I living.
If I bawl my neighbour can t hear me. The houses
are far and few between. This thing have everybody
uncomfortable," he said
The farmer, who did not want to be identified,
said he has not had a decent night s sleep since the
bodies were found. He is installing burglar proofing
at his home
"I am sure I am not the only one doing this. People
looking to safeguard themselves. I can t blame them
because of the way things are going now.
"I going in my house earlier than usual and locking
my doors just to be on the safe side. Some villagers
have imposed curfew on themselves. Anybody can
be a target. The little money I making from the
estate I have to spend it on a burglar proof. It putting
me in expense but my safety comes first."
An 81-year-old resident said his five children have
been begging him every day to leave the area
"The children want me to go Diego Martin, where
they grew up. Every day they calling to check on me.
But I not going anywhere," said the pensioner, who
lives alone in a two-bedroom home.
Another villager, who requested anonymity, agreed
with Lewis that young people in the area are vulnerable
to negative outside influences.
"I never thought this village would have come like
this. Many of the parents are lackadaisical. They just
don t care."
The villager said just a few months ago he boasted
to a group of tourists that the area was safe to visit.
"But now it s a different story. Brasso Seco has
changed dramatically. It s not like before. By 6 pm
almost every door in the village is closed and people
are indoors because we don t know what to expect."
Council meeting on Thursday
President of the village council Anthony Malchan
said issues affecting the community will be discussed
at a meeting on November 20. The group s secretary
Winston Maharaj admitted youth delinquency was
a major concern.
"They are going astray with the drinking and smok-
ing. There is nothing for the young people to do. As
they say, idle hands are the devil s workshop. I pointed
out this problem months ago to the council. We really
Maharaj said a few months ago, the Ministry of
Community Development offered villagers a cake-
making course, but only three people showed up for
He pleaded for a mobile police unit, reintroduction
of community policing and Internet service in the
Samuel: I am not there for show,
I am there to get things done.
Arima MP Rodger Samuel said youth delinquency
due to lack of development and unemployment is
a chronic problem in communities along the north
coast of Trinidad.
"What we are trying to do is shift the mindset
of the youth so they become productive individuals,"
he told the Sunday Guardian
Samuel said the Government has a strategic plan
for the region.
"It is something that will not happen overnight.
This is a 40- and 50-year-old problem that I inher-
ited, which I am working on," he said.
Samuel said while the Government has been trying
to develop the young people with skills and training,
"The Government cannot provide jobs for everyone.
Employment is a serious issue. There are no private
sector development and no industries in these rural
He said one avenue the youths could go into was
farming, but a lot of the land in Brasso Seco is pri-
Samuel said constituents often sit back to see
what their MPs are doing, rather than meet them
"People are not coming together to say this is
what we want to do. When I campaigned I told my
constituents that I am not here to do anything for
you, but here to work with you. I don t know where
we get the notion that an MP is supposed to come
and knock on your door all the time," he said
"There are people up there who are political. I
am not talking them down, but it is politics. They
would never tell you how many meetings I have had
with them and the farmers."
In the last four weeks, Samuel said, he has visited
Brasso Seco several times.
"I am not there for show, I am there to get things
He described the discovery of the bodies as tough.
"It is hurtful as an MP. We have been praying for
Samuel is optimistic that the fugitive will be
caught. He said if what the police have been saying
is true---that residents are harbouring a criminal---
"then something is wrong in the community."
Criminals moving in
and out community
Brasso Seco villager Joseph Noreiga picks tangerines in the area.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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