Today, Trinidad and Tobago joins with many around the world in celebrating Universal Children’s Day. This is where the emphasis is placed on children ­everywhere, highlighting the need to support and do all that is possible to enhance their lives.

We have experienced many negatives when it comes to our children—abuse in various forms, children used for the wrong reasons, and ill-treated in their very homes and other institutions.

There is a growing exploitation of our children by adults for sexual reasons. The facts are right there before us. As a ­concerned citizen, I must say to all we need to do a lot better to protect our children, for they are our future.

While I am thankful to those organisations that have made it their business to look out for our children, there are many of them who are still falling through the cracks and are hurting and suffering, undetected.

The need is great in our country when it comes to the safety and well-being of those who are indirectly voiceless. I call on our leaders, religious bodies, organisations and the Police Service. Let us work together for the sake of the future of ­Trinidad and Tobago, in the fight to preserve the future of our land—our children.

We can know where we are ­positioned as a nation by taking note of what is to come, which is in the hands of our children.

Arnold Gopeesingh

San Juan

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