It Is So SAD!
Walk down Market Street on any given day of the week, you will see the victims of heroin on the street side, young men, young women, looking scraggly, looking 50 plus but they are only 35. Walk up Belonie the scene gets worse.
Point Larue, Anse Aux Pins, same story.
Cote D’or, Praslin all over, around Baie St. Anne at Paulies store, they are in and out of a nearby drug den. Grand Anse, behind Pension Fund Building the granite marble building, under the Bodamier trees where Golan use to collect for a dose of bakka, you will see the same.
You only have to look a little beyond the obvious.
La Digue has a problem as well. But I will leave that to Digious to discuss for themselves.
When all is said and done, it is so sad, so very sad.
Who Are The Addicts?
Anyone can be an addict. They can come from any family. Today, not one single family in Seychelles is drug free. Every single family has a problem, or they do not know about it yet. Some may be hiding the problem. You cannot hide Heroin, it will find you.
Ironically, many are a product of the NYS school system. In many cases, their children are also victims of heroin. Some have never even gone to NYS, but they have been brought up without the love of a Father and Mother in a home. The reality is Seychelles population is under attack from heroin.
The addicts are fishermen, hotel staff, bus drivers, gardeners, lawyers, doctors, engineers, government workers, professionals, and non professionals.
We have a human crisis and a societal crisis on our hands. It translate itself in lack of an adequate work force, lack of pupils willing to learn, lack of respect for others. A proliferation of corruption, graft, and a attitude that it is acceptable.
All in all, fruits of the 50 years of SPPF and PL, eating the country gradually, but surely, like a cancer. The leadership is not on heroin, but the support base is. Who traffics heroin? The leadership cannot say.
The Numbers Will Scare The S**t Out of You!
Four years ago, the number was announced by NDEA to me in a meeting: 3000 addicts of hard drugs. Since then, the battle has been a losing battle. Drugs cost between Scr. 1,000.00 to Scr. 2,000.00 per day for a fix.
Do the numbers and you will see we have a real problem.
Today, this figure may be 5,000 addicts nationally. If Praslin has 1,000 addicts, 600 plus Baie St. Anne, 400 plus Grand Anse, La Digue has not disclosed its addition numbers, Mahe can easily rest on 4,000 conservatively.
The numbers are astounding and shocking in the same breathe.
Do The Numbers Like Addicts Do Folks
Addicts memorize the magic number they need to get a fix. They have it in their head, repeat it everyday, all day long, until they get it. In Seychelles the magic number for a fix, is Scr. 1,500.00 per day.
If you have 5,000 addicts at 1,500.00 per day, we are talking about a serious shadow economy in the Nation, that exceeds the government’s national budget per year easily. Folks drugs in Seychelles is a SCR. 2.8 Billion plus business and growing every year. The National Budget is SCR. 2.4 Billion.
The Drops In The Bucket
EU signed over $300,000.00 to fight drugs. A drop in the bucket.
NDEA makes a seizure of cannabis worth SCR. 20 Million, another drop in the bucket. NDEA is chasing little cannabis smokers in a country where virtually everyone out of NYS smoked weed and we are now being rolled over as a country with Heroin.
The Irish try to be polite, but you must read beyond that, they are just protecting their soft easy jobs. They are not even close to winning the war of drugs. They look more like a bunch of bozos that showed up for a basketball match in uniform, on a football pitch and they are looking for the hoop everywhere.
The Heroin business in Seychelles is a SCR 225,000,000.00 business per month, or SCR 2.7 Billion per year Irish. This drug trade has grown gradually, predominately, under James Michel Administration.
When the stakes reach these numbers that are higher than the governments National Budget, you do not spend your time and energy worrying about a young man with a little cannabis. Focus, Irish, focus.
NDEA Is A Flop!
Vehicles, drive around the islands with their arms outside the jeep window, make an occasional show of strength with a beach landing at Cote D’or, dressed in black, with AK -47’s, but before they arrive the hard drug traffickers are gone as usual. They go under cover, but everyone knows the officer is under cover, so he is not under cover. It is a flop. The Irish ask all drug traffickers if they do not speak Irish, speak English, so they can understand what they tap on mobile phones.
Come on fellows, there must be some work for you back in Dublin. Times cannot be that tough for you red apple faced fellows.
Seychelles needs to dialogue to face down this drug problem. It is an internal problem of the Seychellois. We must solve the problem ourselves. The Irish will not do it.
PL you need to put that SCR 40 Million in CSR to work on this and not place it all in the JJ Spirit Building, while your people are dying over drugs and many Seychellois are now going to sleep at night without a bowl of rice in their stomach.
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!