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The daily street violence is more akin to the Troubles than a Caribbean drug war

By Jonathan Green   May 2011

A Kingston kickabout: but the capital’s inner-city neighbourhoods are not always so peaceful

Beneath the gnarled limbs of an acacia tree offering shade from the broiling Caribbean sun, Jaycee holds court among a group of youths. They sit lazily on a low, graffiti-daubed wall, at the end of a dusty street lined by rusty corrugated-iron fences. Beyond the fences lie cramped, rudimentary shacks. The scent of marijuana infuses the air. Yet the sleepy atmosphere belies the war that is fought when night descends. Youths kill, and are killed, for the right to call this ramshackle street their own.

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