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“They say the Government is to blame but if every-
body stand and show some kind of support, maybe it
will ease up. Since I know myself growing up crime
escalating more and more.
“Look at last night, I on Facebook and see they kill a
girl at MovieTowne, they just cut she throat and they
gone,” Small said while shaking his head in disgust.
People can’t find jobs
The other problem he sees in his country is un-
“Too many young people who have finished school
cannot find proper jobs so they turn to crime instead.
They have no jobs, it isn’t easy. If you get more em-
ployment in the country, I think there will be less
crime, because when you watch it, it’s for money.
They breaking in your house, killing you for money,
if they get more employment it might have less of
them doing that.”
That crime is getting worse in Marabella and in
the entire country, is an assessment that business
owner Rostan Amin, 83, readily agrees with.
The owner of Amin’s Roti shop, who opened his
doors 50 years ago, said crime was the country’s most
“Crime and unemployment is a problem. Everyday
women come here looking for a job but I can’t hire
everybody I already have workers.
“When I opened the first store here, there was no
crime. I didn’t worry about things like that. Now I
worry and I also think about how the crime affects
One of his employees was robbed at gunpoint last
year while on her way to work at 4 am.
Geeta Omar, who works on the Marabella main
road, said she was often frightened to leave home
to go to work.
“From experience a member of my family was held
up about two houses away from home. Since then, I
have a taxi that comes straight to my house to pick
me up and drop me to work.”
Omar said it was a frustrating experience for those
who were abiding by the law to be scared to live their
lives due to the rampant crime and fearless criminals.
Margaret Mitchell, a 30-year Marabella resident,
said crime could only go down if the people were
more active in crime prevention.
“My son died on the main road about two years ago.
He was liming. He went to part some fight and then
went to a bar and they shot him. Kareem Mitchell,”
“It was terrible. It still is terrible. I don’t feel it’s
the Government that needs to do something. I feel
it’s the people. People don’t love each other again.
I used to live in the country and I could remember I
was living downstairs my neighbour and she came
home a day and say she feeling so sick and when
I get up the next morning and realise I didn’t see
her I was so upset, I made my next neighbour take
out the windows and go into the apartment to see if
something was wrong.
“That is how it was and that is how it should be.”
Martin Taylor, a 21-year-old fabricator, spoke to
the Guardian while on his way to a store near his
home. He too hardly leaves home because of crime.
“I don’t really like to be outside. I haven’t even
done anything for the Carnival season because of
how things are. It really isn’t safe.”
Taylor’s way to avoid being personally touched by
crime is to stay in his house, leaving only for ne-
For the past two months, the only other time he
has left home was to continue his search for a job.
“I do pipe fitting and fabricating and I was working
for a company but they haven’t called me out yet.
I’ve been looking for a job but no one seems to be
hiring,” Taylor said.
they’re living in fear
Owner of Amins roti shop Marabella, Rostan Amin chats with Sunday Guardian
Senior Reporter Kalifa Clyne.
Laverne Smith, local government councillor for
Marabella West, in an interview Friday, described
the area as a stepchild to the city of San Fernando.
She said for years, the community had been
starved of facilities for residents to use.
“We are trying to form a council in Marabella West
because we do not have a community centre. We
are trying to form a women’s group to look at self
employment to earn a dollar or save a dollar either
making pepper sauce or kuchela.”
The councillor, who was born in Marabella and
grew up in the area known as the “Train Line,”
said much of her work was about trying to get
residents to become self-employed.
“The councillors have a role to play but people
have to be more proactive.”
As to the crime, Smith said she had recently been
a part of several meetings with the police and
was confident they could get the situation under
a stepchild to city
of San Fernando
Cepep workers sit on the side of the road as they take their lunch break at
Seaview Drive Marabella.
Margaret Mitchell, a store owner and seamstress living on Battoo Avenue,
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