The Lunchang murder case occurred yesterday (5th) in Guilin Street, Sham Shui Po, in which three young sisters were killed, suspected to be their 3-year-old Indian mother, and the suspected murderer's mental condition and family broken background caused social concern about the lack of support for ethnic minorities.
Shi Lishan, deputy director of the Association of Community Organizations, said on a radio program today (29th) that her organization set up an office in the tenement building involved, and the outreach team would take the initiative to contact the residents of the building, but they had not contacted the family, it is estimated that no one answered the door when the outreach team shot the door, and the other party did not seek assistance from the social association, lamenting that it was difficult to grasp the situation of the family, believing that the mother involved "deliberately avoided contact with others." She also pointed out that ethnic minorities are generally less likely to take the initiative to seek help due to language and cultural problems, as well as their lack of understanding of local social services, and can only rely on ethnic groups to help each other.

▼June 6 A murder occurred in Sham Shui Po▼

In the morning, Sze Lisan said on the Hong Kong TV program "Millennial" that her social association office is located in the same department as the incident unit, and the social association will have outreach services on weekdays, and will shoot the door in the building to wash the building, so she already knows most of the residents, and will leave a phone call to the residents who do not answer the door, the family involved this time is one of the few families who do not respond to the door, but it is not clear why the other party does not respond, "If I know that they are single parents and take care of the three thin roads, if I really know them, I will pay more attention to them and provoke them a few more times."

Residents quoted the suspected murderer as saying that he did not need to receive social welfare services

She added that she also returned to the building last night to inspect it, and some residents said that they had seen the families involved, and also reminded the other party that they could seek help from the social association if necessary, "I think that they have deliberately avoided contact with others, because they have heard residents talk about the same language and have (social welfare) services, and they all say that I am not to ask for La, and they are especially in need."

Stephan, Deputy Director of the Association of Community Organizations. (Profile picture)

As for the issue of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, Ms Szeh believes that most of the ethnic minorities are husband and wife, there are fewer single-parent families, and it is more difficult for single-parent families to take care of three children, and the families involved are ethnic minorities, unemployed, taking care of children alone, and having family problems will make the mother more stressed and easier to turn around, so both friends and follow-up social workers should help her reduce her stress and help her connect with the community.

Ethnic minorities should be assisted by social workers

She also mentioned that ethnic minorities generally have poor Chinese and are not familiar with social services, so they generally do not take the initiative to seek help, social workers need to "take the initiative to provoke them, talk to them and listen to the service can help them", and ethnic minorities are generally more likely to have conversations with "their own people", so to provide social services to ethnic minorities, ethnic minority staff or volunteers should be assisted.

Regarding the case where the female suspected culprit is following up for the Integrated Family Service Centre and the International Social Service Agency, tragedy still occurs with the intervention of social welfare organizations, Sze Lisa said that as far as she knows, the staffing ratio of the Integrated Family Service Centre is very insufficient, and a social worker has to follow up many cases, but Sham Shui Po is the hardest-hit area, the manpower ratio should be increased accordingly, and the problem has also been aggravated by the turn of the subject.

Anna Wong, Director General of the Society for the Prevention of Child Cruelty. (Profile photo/Photo by Huang Shuhui)

Ms Wong, Director General of the Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, said on the same programme that the case was a regrettable tragedy and felt heavy and reflected the inability of young children to protect themselves. She added that the families involved belong to high-risk groups, especially the couple who have broken down their relationship, are going through divorce procedures, and are waiting for custody judgments, "generally speaking, the mood is more nervous, and there are changes in life and children's care, life pressure, economic pressure will increase, and the parties' emotions will be easily troubled, and even easy to turn around."

She cited the 2021 statistical report of SWD's Child Protection Information System (SWD) and found that the top three crisis factors were:

1) Parent/caregiver lack of parenting and discipline skills
2) Parent/caregiver emotional and psychological problems 3) Parental marital problems

She stressed that changes in the marital status of parents will also affect their emotions, emphasizing that the relevant crisis factors are interlinked, and if the family involved faces marital problems, if coupled with emotional and psychological instability, the risk of harming children by the relevant family will also increase accordingly.

Changes in parental marital status can affect mood

She also pointed out that ethnic minority families are few in the services of their institutions, they are culturally different in Hong Kong and their awareness of the crisis in childcare is not high, and she believes that the Government should increase relevant support, and should also review and strengthen measures for ethnic minority families, including facilitating their integration into the community, so as to help them expand their networks and support systems, and when they encounter crises, more attention should be paid to them, and the authorities should also step up publicity of relevant services.

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