‘That’s Bain Town For Ya’
He had been shot several times in the head by another young man, barely in his 20s.
All around, his neighbours stood watching the show with a look of indifference that seemed to approach boredom.
Some treated the death of a boy they’d known their whole life like it was a joke. They had seen this too many times for it to make an impression.
A boy of about nine years old wheeled up on a rusty bike, older and taller than he was. He glanced at the body, gave a short laugh and said, “That’s Bain Town for ya,” before riding away.
Covering this murder scene last year, the result of a petty dispute between street corners, was my introduction to the new form of violence that today haunts this most iconic of Nassau communities.
Life has never been easy in Bain Town, and over the years tough social conditions and the stigma of being born in the ghetto have led many young men into a life of crime, driven young girls to prostitution and pushed both to hard drug use.
But what is happening now is something different, something more dangerous, and even some of the established hard men are becoming afraid.
VIDEO: Bain Town by Rupert Missick
Article By Paco Nunez