Underestimating trauma in Guyana

first_imgOver time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many persons were brutally killed, in some instances. Unfortunately, it continues despite awareness efforts and the much touted training of law enforcement officers, who are expected to be the first step of recourse in regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge, in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem is much larger than what appears in the news, including the social media outlets, as many cases go unreported. This therefore gives much credence to the appearance of an underestimated reality.Many reasons have been made known that can deter an abused victim from seeking the intervention of the law. Among them, in no specific order of impact, are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some, and the lack of confidence in law enforcement itself, precipitated by the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask the question if the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging. While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.As that is contemplated, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults on their mothers and, to a lesser extent, their fathers. Those ghastly images, especially for some who watched as life was snuffed out, are not only lasting, but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that the images are erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated, thereby aiding in better shaping of lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling then becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses to such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative, for the benefit of all, to know the extent of what is available and offered. Realistically, expectations cannot be for what obtains in the developed nations; however, there must be something tangible in keeping with available resources, with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not, in any way, suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some, depending on the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue, and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities, and support systems becomes more pertinent.Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of having the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorising, some aspects had made news internationally, prompting a local organisation to call for suicide to be made a national priority, given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives.It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It was not going to be a panacea to stop suicide; but, effectively structured, it increases the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximise effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system to help break social inhibitors where necessary, and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in being unable to accurately quote figures, based on extensive research if available on the amount of people lost, injured and disfigured, and those scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly, the highest number would be those who are left traumatised.This, therefore, must be seen as a serious cause for concern, and a compelling reason for consideration to be declared a national priority. This is an apolitical issue, and is not confined to any one group, thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout and away from just the families.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media are in many ways impacted too, especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot, and must not, be underestimated. That of road accidents must also be taken into account, for too much is at stake for people and the nation.last_img read more

Kenya to host Cecafa Senior Challenge and Kagame Cup

first_imgThe Kagame Cup which was earlier scheduled for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June/July, will be held in December with Kenya being represented by Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia and last year’s runner-ups Ulinzi Stars.The dates are yet to be set as the regional governing body is working with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and potential sponsors to finalize the details.“I believe Kenya will organize a good tournament compared to 2013 which was shambolic. The Cecafa Kagame Cup will be held in Kenya where the host country will be represented by Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars but we are looking at adding another third team from Kenya but that will depend on whether all invited teams will confirm participation,” Musonye said while making the announcement.Musonye says the reason of altering the dates of the tournament to December is to give the regional clubs an opportunity to prepare for the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup, with Musonye saying it is high time a team from the region gets into the group stages.“Beginning next year, the group stage of both the Champions League and the Confederations Cup will have 16 teams. We should be able to produce two or three clubs from this region into that stage. Having the tournament in December will give these teams an opportunity to prepare themselves,” Musonye offered.However, this will pose a huge challenge to Kenyan clubs with the local calendar running between February and November.Gor Mahia FC team posing for a team photo/Timothy Oobulu.With the club championship coming hot on the heels of the Senior Challenge Cup, it will mean the top two clubs which play in continental football the following year will have less time for rest.Meanwhile, the Secretary General has said their struggles with finances is a thing of the past as they have managed to secure sponsorship for most of their programs next year whilst also revealing FIFA has agreed to finance its youth and women programs.‘We have worked so hard and from next year, we will have more programs. We have sponsors ready for the tournaments and definitely, things will run better,” Musonye disclosed.This comes even as a number of regional federation bosses are said to be preparing a move to oust Musonye who has been at the body since 1999.But the experienced football administrator who is also the regional CAF coordinator in East Africa says he is not afraid of an ouster.“I have been in CECAFA since 1999 and every year, there has been talk of a coup. I am not afraid, let them come. If someone is not happy with what I am doing, there is a process that should be followed,” added Musonye.Kenya last hosted the Kagame Club championship in 2001 where Tusker beat Oserian on post match penalties to lift the title on home soil.Musonye confirmed that the second edition of the Nile basin tournament that was scheduled for this year has been cancelled due to lack of logistics but remained positive Uganda will host the Under-17 tournament  in 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Kagame Cup which was earlier scheduled for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in June/July, will be held in December with Kenya being represented by Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia and last year’s runner-ups Ulinzi Stars. PHOTO/Timothy olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – Kenya will host both the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and Kagame Club Championship this year, Secretary General Nicholas Musonye confirmed on Thursday.Musonye said the Senior Challenge Cup will be held in November where Harambee Stars will be seeking to reclaim the title for the first time since 2013 when they last hosted the event.last_img read more