International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking-A reflection from Care


26-June-2012

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Today (June 26) is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and on the occasion of this day, Care wishes to take the opportunity to say a few words to the nation.

There is practically no one in this small nation that is not in some way or another, directly or indirectly, affected by this scourge.  It is a social cyclone that is sweeping the nation, leaving a trail of devastation behind. Its effects are everywhere.  It lays waste to individual lives, homes, families, neighbourhoods and communities. It instills fear into a nation. 

With its small capacity and few human resources Care is working full throttle but it is like a drop in the ocean, with very little help.

It is time for this problem to cease being the problem of just a couple of small organisations whose resources are stretched to the limit, but it is time for every individual and every organisation to stand and say it is enough and come and give a hand.
 
The main problem today is the very evident lack of resilience of our youth who, lost and emotionally drained by the myriad social problems that they face on a daily basis, and the lack of a strong value system that directs their lives and give them that inner strength of the soul, make easy prey for the traffickers. 

Our strongest and final word is for the traffickers. We appeal to you tonight to really reflect on what you are doing.  You are destroying sacred life and the nobility and purpose of the human potential of our youth. And in doing so you are also selling and destroying your own soul. Your apparent profits can only pave the way to destruction and the dehumanisation of your own nation. So please look deep into your own conscience and remember that great law that according to what you are sowing, so shall you reap. For your sake and that of our children and nation we appeal to you to stop. Start today and it will be an easier tomorrow.

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