Suicide And The Young – Article by Caribbean Voice

As in the Caribbean, suicide in Caribbean America is still seen as a family ‘shame’ that needs to be hidden. Some years ago a young man died in the streets. A sibling disclosed at the wake that the brother would occasionally spend time by her home as he was living in the streets. On that night the young man called his sister around two or three in the morning requesting to drop by her.

She told him that it was very late and she needed to sleep, so he could drop by in the morning, as he knew where the spare key was kept. Next morning they learnt of the suicide of the young man but told the public that he died by a drug overdose. That young man, who came from an affluent family and whose father was well known in the community, was in the streets because of differences with a parent.

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  • ANTICONQUISTA  On June 23, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Suicides are also a symptom of capitalism

    • Trevor  On June 26, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Hey my Venezuelan friend, the economics of Guyana is mostly neo-Liberal, with foreign multi-nationals having unlimited concessions and grants while the working classes have to suffice with low wages (compared to the region).

      A recent example is that American oil company, Exxon-Mobil is allowed duty free concessions to import anything they need at zero tax rates. Even the CEO of Pegasus hotels demand that he pay zero tax for constructing a 12 storey high-rise luxury hotel opposite the embassy.

      Suicide rates are high in Guyana, but I agree that capitalist exploitation makes poverty worse and suicide more likely.

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