From Deportation to Hero in Jamaica

(from left to right) Renaldo, me (Emprezz Golding) and Tremayne.

A video has gone viral and every news room is broadcasting the story. It’s a story about is about a young boy from Trench Town, Jamaica by the name of Renaldo Reynolds (12), who fell into a gully, full of gushing water, while playing with his friends. He got into difficulties and was swept away by the currents. However, Tremayne Brown (24) saw him, jumped into the water and held on to him for the rough journey ahead. Neither Tremayne nor Renaldo could swim.

Many residents tried to help but were unsuccessful. A resident turned on her camera and captured the moment that begins the first video below.

The currents washed the two away. They were found minutes later by residents, hanging on for their lives to the limb of a tree close to where the gully meets the sea. If they were not rescued then they would have lost their lives for sure.

I want to thank all who tried to help and the heroes who ultimately saved them.

My Interview

(Source: Gleaner Company and Smile Jamaica on Television Jamaica)

I asked Tremayne before the interview if it was ok to ask him about his deportation and he said ‘yes sure.’ He was ok with it, as it was already published.

You know why I was excited about this interview? Everyone was talking about how he saved the young man and I was thankful for his Gallantry that I applauded him for. I also know that he will be awarded the Badge of Honour in October by the Prime Minister of Jamaica.

This new heroic move opens the door to addressing many social issues affecting our young people. It brings new possibilities to discuss the long story of our children in the UK raised by the state there and having to come back to Jamaica for sometimes petty crimes or citizenship issues. Tremayne’s bravery highlights and reduces the stigma that all people who have been deported are bad. THEY ARE NOT.

As journalists and interviewers, it is our responsibility to get the information from many angles. And now guess what? Maybe we can shed light on the plight of our brothers and sisters facing deportation back to JA without a penny or dollar in their pockets.

My concern from this story is the plight of all the deportees in Jamaica. A total of 9,425 Jamaicans have been deported from around the world since 2012, including 4,153 from the United States of America (USA), 1,345 from the United Kingdom, and 931 from Canada. In March 2017, thirty-two Jamaicans including six women were deported from the United Kingdom.

Data has shown that deportations have mainly been as a result of overstaying or illegal entry/re-entry into these countries. Like me, I am sure you must be asking, how have they been integrated back into the Jamaican society? This is a story I hope to find time to develop, nurture and share.

How do we support all the others? So many stories wrapped up in this heroic moment on our front pages. #Swimming #Peerpressure #Leadership #JamaicansintheUK the #Pressure #Family #Technology #Hope and #Poverty. I can go on and on.

The focus of this post is to educate and inspire positive change. Let us keep doing that and investigate the lessons to be learnt here.

I don’t want to gasconade, however I am really good at seeing multiple opportunities for excellence in each young person I meet or situation I encounter.

#ThrowbackThursday! #TBT- A 2013 Story interview on my ‘ Talk Up Yout’ TV show about Youth Deportees. A youth story that is very dear to my heart! I want to do more to help them when they come home, starting with checking in on Nicholas.

Talk Up Yout TV Show, a hit Jamaican TV show, now in it’s 7th season on Television Jamaica
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