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Religious leaders in St Lucia urged to do more
Published on July 12, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Suggesting there may be a direct link between Saint Lucia’s adverse economic situation and the sharp rise in suicide cases in the country, the leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called on the religious community to accept a greater role in addressing what he described as a spirit of despair that currently grips the nation.

Leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent
In making his plea for greater spiritual involvement in the lives of those who are not sufficiently socio-economically endowed to weather the burden of social discord and economic hardship that is destined to claim more lives, the LPM leader said that no responsible religious organisation can afford to ignore the urgency of the moment.

“In a small nation in which 182,675 people have waited in vain all their lives for the prospects of a better Saint Lucia, only to have their hopes dashed by politicians who are grossly deceitful and are more interested in pursuing narrow partisan agendas that are adverse to the economic interest of the country, one must expect that, at some point, the rivers of frustration will eventually flood their banks, resulting in unintended consequences,” Prudent said.

Prudent is of the view that, given the current state of affairs in the country, and since Saint Lucians are not immune to the historical consequences of what usually occurs in nations in which prolonged social and economic depression have often prompted citizens to riot or even take their own lives, this may well be an opportune moment for all spiritual leaders and other religiously affiliated organisations to broaden their outreach programmes to include the most vulnerable.
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