Food is being provided to the residents by political ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair and the Red Cross, but Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, pastor of the Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God, is of the view that the traumatised residents of Tivoli Gardens need more.
believes at this critical juncture the residents need a shoulder to lean on and ears to listen their cries if they are to successfully pick up the splintered pieces of their lives and move forward.
"There needs to be a lot of talking through ... a lot of trained listening ears (because) it has been extremely traumatic," said Samuels
also believes that the residents need to rely on a higher power to help them make it through the difficult days ahead.
"The people in Tivoli will need some kind of energy outside of themselves and outside of the society that they feel betrayed them .... and I think that is God," Samuels
argued that the vicious cycle, which gave birth to the need for the incursion, will not be broken if the required interventions - a listening ear, reliance on a higher power, and a restating of the reasons for the offensive - are not provided.
"If this doesn't happen, there will be the perpetuation of a culture within the community ... (and) the feeling of resentment and bitterness will linger," Samuels