The Guardian’s Editor-at-large, Gary Younge, marks the beginning of a year-long inquiry into the lives of young people who die at the hands of a knife. Avenues Youth Project was shocked and saddened at the tragic loss of one of our members, Quamari Barnes, who died in a callous unprovoked attack in January. We felt it was important to contribute to a better understanding of the issues that sit behind the sensational headlines, and recommend “Beyond the Blade“ to anyone seriously interested in how we can help safeguard the lives of young people.
A glaring question that the piece leaves hanging is: “how do we expect to address these serious questions for our society while we go about closing the few resources that are left to support our young people and keep them out of harms way?”
With all our public funding cut, Avenues Youth Project is now completely reliant on the good-will of private, philanthropic and corporate supporters to keep our doors open to young people. But without public funding the signs for the sector as a whole are not good, an uncomfortable truth that Younge’s article lays bare.