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{UAH} Brit schoolgirl stabbed to death in Jamaica after family flee London knife crime

Hannah,

Why some diasporans will never return to their home countries.

Bobby

Brit schoolgirl stabbed to death in Jamaica after family flee London knife crime


EXCLUSIVE: Stefika Smith was killed just two months short of her 18th birthday and her body dumped next to a sugar cane field

A British schoolgirl was brutally stabbed to death on a paradise island - after her parents moved her there to escape knife crime.

Stefika Smith was just two months short of her 18th birthday when she was found dumped on a track beside a sugar cane field in rural Jamaica, the birthplace of both her parents.

Her mother and father had taken her to live in the Caribbean from their home in crime-ridden South London because they had "idyllic" memories of growing up in safety half a century ago.

Now both are racked by guilt over the decision which cost the vibrant teenager her life in a place where she was meant to be shielded from harm.

And they feel they have been left trapped in Jamaica fighting to bring their daughter's killer to justice after four months without any charges.

Mum Pauline still cannot take the tragedy of losing her daughter in (Image: MEGA)
Stefika with her dad Morris (Image: Greg Woodfield)
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Pauline, 54, told the Sunday People: "I've lost an angel. There was a lot of knife crime in London and I wanted to take Stefika away from those dangers.

"We wanted her to have the same idyllic life my husband and I had growing up in Jamaica. But wicked people put an end to that.

"My beautiful sweet daughter left what we saw as a knife threat but became a stabbing victim herself where we took her to be safer. I still cannot take it in."

The approximate spot where Stefika was found (Image: MEGA)
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Stefika grew up in a £750,000 six-bedroom detached house in Thornton Heath, South London, where grime star and anti-knife crime campaigner Stormzy spent his childhood.

She was a star pupil at Norbury Manor Business Enterprise College for Girls and sang in the gospel choir of the New Testament Church of God in Brixton.

But she lived in constant awareness of the soaring knife violence in South London and the rest of the capital.

In the summer of 2016 parents Pauline and Morris, 56, a plasterer, traded their UK home for a new life in rural May Pen, in Jamaica's south.

It lies 35 miles from the island's capital Kingston, where the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Despite crime and violence in the island's built-up areas, the family believed that in the depths of its countryside they would be safe.

Another factor in their decision to leave Britain had been the suicide of one of Stefika's close pals. The tragedy affected her so profoundly that a social worker advised her to make a fresh start.

Pauline, who lived in Jamaica until she was 23, said: "Stefika was always concerned about her safety in London when she went out because of the stabbings and gangs.

The popular young star student was excited to start a new life in Jamaica (Image: Greg Woodfield)
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She was never involved in anything like that but the dangers that were out there were a constant worry for her.

"She didn't like to be on the streets. It stopped her meeting friends or joining groups.

"By contrast, growing up in Jamaica in the 1960s was an ideal world. We could do anything totally safely.

"There was no sense of danger. We could be outside all the time, swimming in rivers of playing in each other's yards. "It really was a paradise, and with beautiful weather .

We wanted that for Stefika. We wanted to take her away from the threat of being stabbed to a world we remembered as beautiful.

"When we all stepped off the plane in Jamaica we felt this was a wonderful new beginning.

Stefika was so excited she said, 'Mummy I'm going to love it here.'

She settled in quickly. She loved the sense of freedom."

Stefika – who had attended primary school in Brixton with her brother Lamar, now aged 20 and living in the US – quickly adapted to her studies on the island.

She enrolled at the private May Pen High School and the family hoped she might return to Britain to go to uni.

The young victim had a bright future (Image: MEGA)
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But soon after the family arrived, violence in Clarendon, the island parish of which May Pen is the largest town, steadily escalated.

The district has now declared a state of emergency because the homicide rate has hit 100 so far this year, with many of the murder victims children and teenagers.

Pauline said: "When we came back to Jamaica with Stefika it still felt very safe.

But things have deteriorated. In 2016 there was none of this thinking about killing, kidnapping, raping which there is now."

Stefika vanished on May 10 after her family dropped her off at a student friend's house for a sleepover.

Her frantic family reported her missing to police and organised a desperate search involving dozens of neighbours. Her half-brother Dwayne, 39, who still lives in the UK, even tried to track her mobile phone.

But Stefika's body was found two days later, with her one-piece yellow bodysuit ripped at the front and signs she had put up a desperate battle for life.

She quickly settled into her new rural life in Jamaica (Image: MEGA)
Pauline and her daughter Stefika, pictured in Jamaica (Image: Greg Woodfield)
She was planning on starting university in the UK (Image: MEGA)
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She had suffered a single stab wound to the throat.

Her family's trauma was made even worse when a mobile phone picture of Stefika's body was posted on social media before they even knew that she was dead.

They were only told of their daughter's death when a relative in Canada phoned and asked: "Have you seen Facebook ?"

A man and woman were arrested shortly afterwards but quickly released.

There have been no further arrests.

Now the desperate Smiths are calling on UK authorities to help put pressure on Jamaican police to get results.

Stefika pictured with her brother in a school photo (Image: MEGA)

Fighting back tears, Pauline said: "We believed Stefika would have a better education and better life here, away from the danger of knives in London. Now of course I ask myself, did I make the right choice?

"People are supportive and say, 'You just wanted the best for your child'. I did, but look at the cost."

Dwayne, an engineer from Berkshire, said: "We want justice for Stefika. "Angry is an understatement about how I feel. It is just so tragic."

A police source close to the inquiry said: "We do have suspects in this case."

 
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{UAH} AS GREEDY AS MPIG.

Tony Owana/ Ahmed katerregga/ Ivan Kampe/ Edward Mo irubndrua,

When I say I will shoot most of these NRA criminals, you lot object, saying I am being trigger happy. Biut show me what  can stop gangsters like this Mpig, if not a bullet in the eye?

Bobby

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Tumwekwasize Bahene Francis to Kizza Besigye Uganda's Liberator

AS GREEDY AS MPIG.

This is Isingiro South MP, Alex Bakunda, he was given over six hundred bags of rice from Prime ministers office to be distributed to vulnerable people including those living with HIV virus, he decided to stock the bags in his office and kept quiet.

Residents especially beneficiaries of the roce who saw him converting his office to a store have have run out of patience , they are now hunting for the MP to give them what belongs to them, officials from the prime ministers office have joined the hunt.

Mukulu MPIG Alex Bakunda , please , you are wanted dead or live at your former office now a store.

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{UAH} Support for Justin Trudeau PLUMMETS in the wake of blackface scandal

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{UAH} Robert over to you

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{UAH} BORIS JOHNSON GAVE LONDON MONEY TO PUSSY- AND REFUSES TO DIVULGE REASON.


This is outrageous.

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{UAH} Gulu: Singer Bosmic Otim Arrested

Tony Owana/ Ahmed katerrega/ Ivan Kampe/ Edward Mo irudrua,

Is there no freedon of association in Gulu?

Bobby
Police in Gulu on Monday arrested Gulu artiste, Bosmic Joyce Otim for holding an illegal meeting. Bosmic was picked from Cereleno Market where he had gathered vendors to address them. The youthful artiste is a known People Power activist in Northern Uganda and was recently appointed the Deputy Chair...

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{UAH} THOMAS SANKARA- MARXIST REVOLUTIONARY: THE BEST LEADER POST-COLONIAL AFRICA HAS PRODUCED.

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Remembering Captain Thomas Sankara. Burkina Faso 🇧🇫

After renaming his country to Burkina Faso, here's Thomas Sankara's accomplishments, ONLY 4 YEARS in power (1983-87).

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist pragmatist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as "Africa's Che Guevara"

He vaccinated 2.5 million children against meningitis, yellow fever and measles in a matter of weeks.

He initiated a nation-wide literacy campaign, increasing the literacy rate from 13% in 1983 to 73% in 1987.

He planted over 10 million trees to prevent desertification

He built roads and a railway to tie the nation together, without foreign aid

He appointed females to high governmental positions, encouraged them to work, recruited them into the military, and granted pregnancy leave during education.

He outlawed female genital mutilation, forced marriages and polygamy in support of Women's rights.

He sold off the government fleet of Mercedes cars and made the Renault 5 (the cheapest car sold in Burkina Faso at that time) the official service car of the ministers.

He reduced the salaries of all public servants, including his own, and forbade the use of government chauffeurs and 1st class airline tickets.

He redistributed land from the feudal landlords and gave it directly to the peasants. Wheat production rose in three years from 1700 kg per hectare to 3800 kg per hectare, making the country food self-sufficient.
He opposed foreign aid, saying that "he who feeds you, controls you."

He spoke in forums like the Organization of African Unity against continued neo-colonialist penetration of Africa through Western trade and finance.

• He called for a united front of African nations to repudiate their foreign debt. He argued that the poor and exploited did not have an obligation to repay money to the rich and exploiting

In Ouagadougou, Sankara converted the army's provisioning store into a state-owned supermarket open to everyone (the first supermarket in the country).

• He forced civil servants to pay one month's salary to public projects.

He refused to use the air conditioning in his office on the grounds that such luxury was not available to anyone but a handful of Burkinabes.

As President, he lowered his salary to $450 a month and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, a fridge and a broken freezer.

A motorcyclist himself, he formed an all-women motorcycle personal guard.

He required public servants to wear a traditional tunic, woven from Burkinabe cotton and sewn by Burkinabe craftsmen. (The reason being to rely upon local industry and identity rather than foreign industry and identity)

When asked why he didn't want his portrait hung in public places, as was the norm for other African leaders, Sankara replied "There are seven million Thomas Sankaras."
An accomplished guitarist, he wrote the new national anthem himself. He was only 37 years at the time of his death.

Rest in peace son of the soil.

Credit: Africa facts organisation

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