Fifteen years later, I think about how much South Africa has undergone since then as they struggle to emerge from their history of segregation, stereotypes and stigmas. Both Jamaica and Jo’burg are suffering from the unwanted notoriety of having the first and second highest murders per capita in the world respectively. These stats are more closely tied to the continued unequal distribution of resources giving rise to great disparities in economic opportunities and wealth. But the similarities that Jamaica and Jo’burg share go way beyond intersections of poverty and crime but extend towards a new nexus: that of HIV/AIDS and murder.
To be continued. See upcoming article Jamaica_Jo’burg II.