Chris At Home

Chris outside his home in Kingston. (1996?)

I’ve always liked this image, it’s from an article that appeared in the Source Magazine about deportees. The writer and I visited with several people who were deported from the US for various crimes. It was an interesting assignment and eyeopening experience and I learned a lot from it. The worst off was one of these guys who was sent back had come to the US when he was 3 years old and he had no family left in Jamaica and had never even been to Jamaica after leaving the island with his parents. He was sent back with no money or job and was living in a house that was literally falling apart. Most of the people we saw for this story were getting help from a church  program that was run by the late Monsignor Albert that helped them get jobs and stay out of trouble. The cross he is wearing is what they were given when they passed a certain milestone in the program. Without the program I’m sure many of these guys would have been led back into criminal activity just to get by.

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