Rollie Fresh pleads for the children
Since the start of the year, the local news reports have featured several stories about children who have been abducted and murdered.
Concerned about this situation, reggae artiste Rollie Fresh recently recorded a song titled Protect The Future, which addresses the matter.
The song produced by the artiste for Above The Average Records, was released to coincide with the ongoing Child Month celebrations.
"There's too much crime in our country and it's affecting everyone, not even our kids are safe anymore. It's very disturbing when you think about the number of kids that have been abused, kidnapped and killed in recent times. If the criminals continue to kill the children, what's going to happen to Jamaica? We all have to play our part to bring this to an end," said Rollie Fresh.
The fast-rising entertainer, who hails from Spanish Town, believes that parents can also help to turn things around by implementing more discipline in their households.
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"A big part of the problem has to do with how parents are raising and culturing their children. Nowadays, most kids are acting like adults; you see them in dances or idling on the streets after hours. Some of them are even drinking alcohol and smoking. What's happening now is not an overnight thing, it's something that has been slowly taking root over time," he said.
Rollie Fresh said he thinks this has happened because "we have strayed from the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child.
"When I was a child, my grandparents taught me to have manners and respect for my elders and everyone in our community looked out for, and protected, the children. Things have changed drastically over the last few decades, and most of the people committing crimes today are a product of that change. It's sad, but true," said the artiste.