May 3, 2006

World Cup 2007

World Cup safety concerns

Martin Williamson

A different take on the World Cup. Aroutis Foster, a reader of the Gleaner in Jamaica, has questioned the safety of tourists visiting the island for the tournament.

“As a Jamaican living and studying overseas, I am left pondering how the country could expect to get foreigners to come to Jamaica and enjoy the Cricket World Cup in 2007 and also reassure peaceful local residents that it is safe in Kingston, when there are headlines in the local newspapers talking about impending wars in communities such as Rockfort.”

The issue of crime on some of the islands is one that is of serious concern to the organizers, and is one that is unlikely to be resolved in the next ten months. As Foster points out:

“Jamaicans abroad as well as foreigners are afraid to visit Jamaica. People do not feel safe in Jamaica, especially in Kingston.”

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