A large amount of blame for the level of juvenile delinquency should fall on fathers who have failed to stand up with their families. As a result, family life has broken down completely, with members lacking patience, compassion and love for each other.
This was the concern raised yesterday by Imam Al Haj Abzal Mohammed when he brought greetings yesterday on behalf of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago at Prive Restaurant and Conference Centre, during the launch of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Community Peacemakers project.
The OLPH Community Peacemakers is a voluntary group from the church that consist of 11 persons including Monsignor Christian Pereira.
Mohammed said fathers should take full responsibility for this fall.
He said: “Parents have neglected their responsibility for the children they have brought into this world. I am a license divorce officer with the ASJA divorce board and I face these things almost every month. 99.9 per cent of parents are mothers and the stress and humiliation they have to undergo and take care of the children, fathers are to be blame very heavily. Fathers have failed".
Mohammed said very often mothers are left to take full responsibility for the children. He said it was always the initiative of the Mediation Board to provide in people skills means to develop and improve relationships in the home, families and communities and the wider society.
Feature speaker Professor Cheryl Picard said she was happy to work with the group for the past two day and realise a new method to deal with conflict resolution. She said conflict is not just in Trinidad and Tobago but was growing the world over.