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BBC World broadcast about
Peace to the City Network partner in Jamaica
3 May, 2001 at 21:30 GMT
4 May, 2001 at 08:30 GMT
5 May, 2001 at 01:30 GMT

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"Together Against Violence" video

Bennetlands is a ghetto suburb in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica - home to ,000 inhabitants, half of them under 25 and over 2,000 of them unemployed.

Once, despite the poverty, Bennetlands was a peaceful place, with daily life revolving around the four main pillars of the community - its primary school, two churches and the S-Corner Clinic which provided health care, support and education for school drop-outs. But in the 1980s war broke out in the region - with rival gangs fighting a vicious turf battle over Bennetlands' one high street. Then one of the gang leaders was shot outside the S-Corner clinic, and the community decided it had had enough. City Life's fourth programme recreates the story of how the local leaders joined forces to challenge the local gangs to heal their difference and work together to restore a sense of community in one poor Jamaican neighbourhood.

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