June 2018

After another violent murder in London, this is what needs to be done        by Temi Mwale for The Guardian

The youth murder rate in the capital is rising alarmingly. A public health approach with a community-based strategy needs to be put in place.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, another young person was murdered in London. Twenty-year-old Kwasi Anim-Boadu was stabbed to death in Finsbury Park. This year alone, we have seen an alarming increase in youth murders. Stabbings in London are at their highest in six years and a shocking amount of children have been shot to death. While there is naturally a lot of panic about what is fuelling this surge in brutality, serious youth violence is not new: the lack of commitment to address this issue dates back two decades at least.

A few weeks ago, it was announced that for the first time, the murder rate in London was higher than that in New York. While this provides a damning account of the significance of rising violence in the city, it also sheds light on the fact that violence has been decreasing in New York. Over the past few months, I have been visiting cities around the world to learn about the interventions being used to reduce this violence. This research has taken me to Glasgow, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as New York.

Read Temi’s article here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/23/violent-murder-london-youth-rate-community-strategy