Bennetlands is a ghetto suburb in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica – home to five thousand inhabitants. Half of them are under 25 and over 2000 of them unemployed. Once, despite the poverty, Bennetlands was a peaceful place, with daily life revolving around the four main pillars of the community – its primary school, two churches and the S-Corner Clinic which provided health care, support and education for school drop-outs. But in the 1980s war broke out in the region – with rival ‘corner’ gangs fighting a vicious turf battle over Bennetlands’ one high street, terrorising the neighbourhood and preventing children from going to school. Then one of the gang leaders – the ‘dons’ in the local parlance – was shot outside the S-Corner clinic, and the community decided it had had enough. Together Against Violence recreates the story of how the local leaders joined forces to challenge the local gangs to heal their difference and work together to restore a sense of community in one poor Jamaican neighbourhood.
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