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  • 1. “Championing the Rights, Welfare and Development of Belizean Families and Children” PRESS RELEASE A tragic way to begin the Holiday Season… On December 5, 2013, The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) laments the loss of four year old Jaston Terry and the injury to his older brother that occurred in a traffic accident yesterday on Cemetery Road. The loss of any life is tragic but the loss of a child so young who is full of promise and the hope for Belize – is unspeakable. The NCFC take this opportunity to gently remind motorists and cyclists of the need for additional precautions in this time when our streets are busy with pedestrians - young and old. All should obey the traffic laws and exercise great caution when traversing our busy streets especially in light of the ongoing construction in the city. Furthermore, it is against the law to drive while intoxicated and such a tragic incident provides an unfortunate reminder of why these laws must be obeyed by all and at all times. The NCFC also believes that our law enforcement agencies need to prioritize the upgrading of their capacities to transport the deceased in a manner that is more dignified and allows for the dearly departed to be respected. It was evident also that many bystanders – including children – were privy to the gruesome scene where baby Terry lost his life. As such extra measures should be taken to properly cordon off crime scenes especially those that are in public spaces where children have access. While we cannot shield our children from life it is important that we consider the types of exposure we will permit them to have and the potential impact that it has on their perceptions of their world and their general well being and safety. This incidents also gives cause to remind media houses that while they have a responsibility to report the news as is public interest that such incidents should be treated with a sensitivity that considers the impact of reporting (inclusive of footage broadcasted) on the grieving families and the viewers that watch the newscasts.
  • 2. Let us not every grow weary of protecting our children and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to violence against them in any forms. As we approach the ending of another year may this be among our thoughts as we celebrate our families and make plans for a brighter future for our children. For any further information contact: Luwani Cayetano Executive Director National Committee for Families and Children 62 Cleghorn Street Belize City, Belize Tel: 223.0059 ncfc@btl.net