Not just International – Child Soldiers, a Guyanese Issue
Evidence has emerged that the gang controlled by Guyanaâ€™s most wanted man, Rondell â€˜Fine Manâ€™ Rawlins, consists mainly of teenage boys who fled from their homes in the village of Buxton.
Recent evidence has brought out that many of the members of the gang are no more than 17 years old. Dwayne Sancho, who was captured by the security forces on Monday in a trail near Ituni, is only 14 years old, while Otis Fiffee, called â€˜Mud Up,â€™ who was killed during the initial raid two Fridays ago, and Robin Chung, called â€˜Chung Boyâ€™ were mere 17 and 16 years old respectively.
Initially, Fiffeeâ€™s age was stated as 21 years old; however, when this newspaper visited Buxton yesterday during his funeral, the age on his coffin was stated as 17. His parents had given the earlier age.
There is evidence that Rawlins and other senior members of his gang had initially recruited the teenagers as look-outs while the gang was hiding out in the village of Buxton.
After they were flushed out by the security forces, some of the young men, who were already a part of the gang, went with them.
The parents of these young men, during recent interviews, indicated that their children left their homes despite several pleas for them to refrain from the criminal activities.
Eyewitnesses to the Bartica massacre had indicated that most of the gunmen were â€˜young boysâ€™.
But what could have led to these young men throwing their lives away to join a gang, knowing that the consequences invariably lead to certain death?
Many villagers are of the opinion that this is a result of constant Police harassment and profiling of the youths of Buxton. The young men became sympathizers with the gunmen…
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