People keep attacking me because I am blind

July 28, 2022

Dear Pastor,

I am living in a rural parish. I always call you on the Dear Pastor show on Power 106 FM. I have been blind for the past 10 years because of obstacles in my life, plus I was in an accident.

It damaged the rest of my eyesight, so I became totally blind about three to six months after the accident. From then, I have been having many challenges and have suffered verbal abuse. Sometimes I am treated like a nobody by people in the parish, and in the community where I live.

I have been physically attacked many times and when I go to the authorities to report it, they ask me if I saw who the person was and what kind of case they can have without a witness. The police said I will have to go to court and take out a summons. How can I take out a summons on somebody who I didn't see and do not know? The police did not go and find the person and warn them, or get their name for me to take out a summons. The police station is about 10 chains away from where some of the incidents occurred.

There are persons who bear false witness to even some of the policemen, district constables and other citizens. They say that I am not blind, and they believe them. They spread it all around, and I am physically and verbally abused every time I go on the street, to the supermarket or on buses and taxis. I have been threatened about being shot, chopped in my face, and stabbed. Recently, a man threw a bottle at me and my friend, who was assisting me. I am not interfering with anyone. I am not begging anyone anything or asking anyone for any favour, yet I have been attacked many times. I went back to the same police station and nothing came out of it; and it continues.

I am asking you and your followers if you can donate a body camera, that is all I am asking for. I need one that is easily operated and cannot be identified easily. I asked the Jamaica Society for the Blind if they can assist me with getting one. They said they could order it and I would have to pay for it, but I do not have that kind of money. I even check at appliance stores, but they do not have it.

We are living in a time where people do you wrong, then they get a lawyer and walk away freely because there is no evidence. So please, let me know if you can help me. Thank you sir. I am awaiting your response.

F.L

Dear F.L.,

I regret hearing that you are blind and that you are being physically abused by some people in your community. You seem to be very unhappy with the police in your area.

You believe that they should be able to find and apprehend those who abuse you. But as I see it, the police are quite correct in telling you that they cannot do much for you, because you are unable to identify the person or persons who are abusing you.

Concerning the request you have made. I am sure the Jamaica Society for the Blind will help you if you have the money for the item. You have made it clear that you do not have the funds. We will publish your letter and hope that someone will be led by the Lord to assist you. If anyone contacts us and is willing to help you get these items, we will contact you immediately. Our prayers are with you. Take good care of yourself, and please do not condemn the police in your area. They don't have much to go on when you report these incidents. I wish you well.

Pastor

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