Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Great Sand Robbery

Sadly, crime - petty and otherwise - is always a problem in Jamaica. Some of the things I do in Accra, I really wouldn't even attempt to do them in Kingston. Reading the Jamaican dailies often times paint a graphic and rather sad state of affairs. This one was however a bit different. This time 500 truck loads of sand were stolen! Yes. Sand.

There has always been a problem with illegal sand miners but I don't think it has ever been seen on a scale like this! No one seems to have a clue what happened and the usual investigations have been ordered. Hmmm. A case for Sherlock Holmes if there was ever one.

It seems implausible that the sand could have been removed overnight. And Jamaican people being 'fass (patois for inquisitive) as we like to say, it just doesn't make any sense that such an operation could have been carried out without anyone knowing. This is no small operations by any means.

There has been a flurry of sandstorms in the media - ok bad joke, but you get what I mean. The heist is worth a couple million dollars, not to mention the threats to the environment. There have been calls for investigations, and the testing of sand samples from various beaches and the usual hue and cry. The Minister has even urged the thieves to give themselves up. As if! The National Environment and Planning Agency are also looking into hotels that are currently being built to see if anyone has also 'built' a beach. Will see if this is another nine day wonder - i.e. after nine days every one would have forgotten and it would be business as usual. I wonder?

Even more fascinating are the 'before' and 'after' pictures of another beach front property which seemed to have been miraculously transformed into a 'white sandy beach'. Curious and curiouser indeed.


Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

I read this three times, and I realise I was naive for thinking it surprising. If you stole that much sand, you'd be building something huge somewhere, no? And if you had millions of dollars to spare, you'd have millions of mouth to shut and eyes to play ostrich/possum, no?

Denise said...

You are right Nana Yaw, a couple dollars here and there will keep everyone quite. Sad though.

Amina said...

People should read this.