Crime has become so commonplace in the country it is somewhat accepted says Ambassador of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago Aad Biesebroek.
Speaking at the launch of the ‘Life After Today’ initiative at the San Fernando West Secondary School on Tuesday, Biesebroek said more needs to be done to steer youths that might be going down the wrong path to a better place.
Biesebroek held up a copy of one of the daily newspapers and shuddered at some of the news headlines.
“Shot after shot – family of three shot dead in van.”
“Boy, 14, shot dead in liquor store.”
“Suspect killed in shootout with cops.”
“1 dead, 4 hurt in Morvant shooting.”
He said: “I think what we are looking at is a situation whereby violence has become the norm. Where it is almost accepted. We try to reach out to young people and tell them there are different ways in how you deal with conflict and how you interact with people.”
Biesebroek said it was important for young people to know they have control and can walk away from violence.
“They need to know they have better options to plan for their future,” he said.
Through the art of music, dance, poetry, and song, the ‘Life After Today’ initiative aims to spread positive messages and to help youths to make better decisions.