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Trauma and Gang
Published on July 11, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Trauma and Gang

By Abdulmajeed K Nunez

Bragga witnessed his father get shot by Buster
Can you imagine what that did to the mind of that youngster
Knowing the gangster that killed his father
It would have been different if related the death of their Papa
They would have been able to deal with grief trauma
Buster is now the new area Dan and is bedding his mother?
And fondling his sister and turning his brother into a drug peddler
Bragga is a victim of multiple traumas
Let’s get a little clinical
The role trauma plays in gang perpetuation is that it is cyclical

What we are looking at is
The link between trauma and hyper-vigilance
And anxiety disorders, which varies based on the extent of the trauma the child received
Bragga suffer from hyper vigilance due to who comes into their area
His body is always on high alert, constantly high off his adrenalin
Because there is a biological component that has to deal with the trauma
He is on a constant high

Depending on the level of trauma they witnessed first hand
For some they go through disassociation
Living like they are watching television
In terms of gang in this nation
The trauma or grief gets played out in schools with behavior
With no one being sensitized of this child’s plight
They take it for granted that he’s just a troublemaker and likes getting into fights
No one takes the time to do the investigation
To find out that the child’s father was a victim of homicide
Nor that he can provide prima facie evidence hence he is traumatized

His issues have gone unresolved
He has grown up unremorseful
He is almost at the beginning of becoming a sociopath
Lacking the emotions to be able to relate to people
Their un-remorsefulness becomes a coping mechanism to deal with their own pain
Remember adrenalin has taken over their brain
My people it is up to us to break this chain
With professional therapy these children can be retained
But this means that all our neighborhoods have to be reclaimed

We need a strategic plan to deal with youth mental health
Mother think about the nine months pain you felt
The country needs a strategic plan to deal with unemployment
A strategic plan to deal with the short coming of education within Education
How does millennium development goals and Horizon 2020
Translated into what is needed in country
The Statistical Institute gave beautiful figures about a rise in life expectancy
But if we do not get the relevant therapy fi wi pickney
This is compounded by the newscast every evening
Their motto being if it bleeds it’s fit for leading
Desensitizing the younger generation with pictures of gruesome killing
Plue and Dean throat slitting
Majestic Alley shooting
Dre’s body lying after being shot exiting the court after his hearing
Reporters preferring tabloiding rather than responsible reporting
We need a multi agency approach to this whole thing
Nothing will change until families start lobbying
That Dans which include ministers be stopped from gang recruiting
And that our children get the right mental health nurturing
More parents need to take classes on parenting and counseling
Teachers also need counseling and alternate forms of discipline
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