UNICEF stands in solidarity with Jamaicans on National Day of Mourning for Children
Protect the children of Jamaica and secure the future of the country by providing laws, resources and services that will support the vulnerable.
KINGSTON, 23 June 2023 – UNICEF stands in solidarity with the people of Jamaica in observing today as a National Day of Mourning for Jamaica’s children.
As the lead United Nations agency with responsibility for promoting and protecting the rights of children, UNICEF is concerned about the high levels of violence perpetrated against children in the society and joins Jamaicans in condemning the normalisation of this violence.
Today, the UN flag at UNICEF Jamaica, is being flown at half-mast in recognition of the national stance to grieve the senseless acts of violence and tragic loss of lives, particularly the recent brutal killings of children.
UNICEF calls on all well-thinking Jamaicans and the government to protect the children of Jamaica and secure the future of the country by providing laws, resources and services that will support the vulnerable.
UNICEF agrees that a strong reminder must be sent to each citizen that they have the responsibility to foster a safe environment for children. There is also an urgent need to strengthen the support systems for those who have been abused and expand the range of opportunities for children and adolescents so they can be successful in life.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Jamaica, visit www.unicef.org/jamaica.