His sister had originally been evicted herself some days after the first go round with the young gay man as it came to light that she had instigated the attack of the mob on her own brother which did not sit well with the grandfather who obviously adores his grandson despite the orientation issues. The grandfather of the young man has only spoken in glowing colours since his return to the home after his short hospital stay and it was during that hospital admission that the first incident occurred. He inquired as to who led the attack and he was made aware. The young man’s refusal to congregate with the other homeless persons in New Kingston in the Shoemaker gully due to a beef with one member there has only made his isolation a little problematic.
The June 14 standoff went on for about twenty minutes allegedly where a piece of board was used by the sister to inflict blows to the young man alongside the typical Jamaican curse words and threats loudly so with a view to attracting attention and references to the male rape issue which is still in the minds of many, a case that has not been formally reported to the Center for Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, CISOCA as no corroboration seems forthcoming and some are now questioning if that sensational piece was actually true but gay baiting by the Jamaica Observer. The young man had to take matters into his own hands where he eventually disarmed his board toting sister reluctantly and inflict blows of his own in self defence and has since left the scene in a bid to escape what has been described as hunting men looking for him. So a possible re-integration case has fizzled right before our eyes all because of not so much outside influence but by another family member.
The owner of the property who was somewhat complicit in the first episode of this sequel had agreed that the sister should leave her property but how this will play out now one hopes that the elder gentleman being the grandfather does not become the subject of resentment and harbouring homosexuals at his house. The police were not called in this time and the young man is now seeking some settling space for now. The previous community shelter alternative is not available at this time so that option is dead for now and my home is also not available to do so either. Other cases including re-displacements of persons associated with the now deceased Bebe from western Jamaica that he was assisting are now in the cold. One person is settled for a short time but the others it is unclear what their next move is. Other youngsters who got into the illegal lotto scamming activity have found themselves falling from grace and homeless themselves or at least displaced.
The phones are being worked for some possible temporary solution for now but this is one of those cases that shows how fragile the recovery process can be and a return to the original state of interruption is as real as it gets. Re-displacements if you will are a major issue in rehabilitation work as the evidence in the correction and juvenile centers proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that many residents are repeat ones due to no proper engagement, no life plan or efficacious work done with them and just hardened behaviours that require more intense work.
Peace and tolerance