“My brother still is confined to a bed, still unable to communicate, still cannot move with any intention, literally needs to be turned every two hours and every aspect of all of his needs have to be taken care of by somebody else,” shares Niambe McIntosh during a conversation about her brother Jawara and her family’s journey over the past couple years.
Jawara McIntosh, Peter Tosh’s youngest son, followed his father’s footsteps not only in music, but also in Rastafarianism and cannabis advocacy. And these decisions have brought him both joy and grief.
A few years ago, Jawara was incarcerated for a cannabis-related charge. It was during his confinement at Bergen County Jail in New Jersey that the 39 year-old’s life would take a tragic turn. In February of 2017, Jawara was brutally attacked by inmate Kyrie Charon Baum, who caused severe brain injuries that have confined him to bed care ever since.
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More than two years have passed since the incident, and Jawara’s recovery has been slow but steady. His mother and his sister, Niambe, however, have been active.
“What I’ve been doing now is pretty much sharing his story, with the hope of being a voice for other families that have been affected by cannabis prohibition, as well as a voice on the platform for criminal justice reform”, Niambe stated. (Read Full Article)