The east is the best; there is no living in the west, not even Jamaica; that was the chant from a group of Rasta. These Rastas made the journey all the way from Bobo Hill in Bull Bay, St Andrew, to the plains of Kingston to press their claim for repatriation.
“We are calling upon the Government now, no delay,” said Priest Christopher Morant, who is one of the Rasta elders.
According to Morant, black people in Jamaica are homeless and there is an urgent need for the Government to act.
This specific Rasta Group is the Ethiopian Africa Black International Congress. They believe their rights under Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are being denied the longer they remain in Jamaica.
“Everyone have a right to a nationality, and I and I Bobo Ashanti nationality a Ethiopia, Africa. Through such human rights charter, the Jamaican Government should lobby for our international repatriation,” Priest Donovan Blake said.
Blake also told 18 Karat Reggae that the cry of the Rastafarians is for “freedom, redemption and international repatriation”.
“We have no benefit down here in Jamaica so we want the Government to understand that this is of paramount importance and should be acted upon now,” the elderly Rastafarian said.
Empresses Rachel and Miriam said that the cry for repatriation should not be taken lightly.
Rachel extended her call to the United Nations, stating “review our case because we want to go back to Africa, our homeland”. For her part, Miriam said the Government should act post haste to ensure repatriation is realized.
“We are calling on the right now to see to it that I and I return to our heavenly home,” the empress said.