At the beginning of last month, 19-year-old Cennethson Janga, also called ‘Chuchu’, was stabbed to death on the pier in Scheveningen. There are stories circulating on social media that he is said to be a supporter of a Rotterdam drill group.
But according to his sister Caroline, none of this is true. She tells her story for the first time at CCeit Stories. “One thing I know for sure: he wasn’t involved in any gang or drill music. He didn’t even listen to it. He called people with guns sissies. He said, “If you fight, fight with your hands.”
The police are still investigating the fatal stabbing incident. Caroline hopes for her and her family that there will be more clarity soon. Until then, she does not want to go into the circumstances of the stabbing.
Drillrap is a musical genre in which (young) rappers often challenge each other and threaten each other with weapons and violence against groups from other neighbourhoods and cities. And that sometimes goes so far that they actually get stabbed.
But according to Caroline her little brother was not a (violent) drillrapper. The same goes for many other young people who get involved in stabbings, and dozens of youth workers from all over the Netherlands tell CCeit Stories. They say that even young people in small towns and villages – who don’t listen to drill raps – are increasingly carrying knives because they don’t feel safe on the street.
In the video below, the sister of ‘Chuchu’ tells her side of the story. Also a boy from a village in Gelderland and a girl from Drachten tell why they feel so unsafe that they started carrying a knife. “As a girl you can’t go out on the street normally these days.”
At the end of last month, youth workers from all over the country launched a campaign against knife violence. In it they also drew attention to the role of drill stairs. But from the conversations CCeit Stories had with dozens of youth workers and young people, many other causes also came up for discussion.
Youth worker Tamara estimates that around 30% of the young people in Drachten carry a knife. “In the big cities you have a different mentality than here, but what happens there is also brought here She talks a lot to young people, but hears little about drill stairs. “I hope it stays that way for a while
According to her, in Drachten and surrounding villages it’s mainly about the feeling of insecurity and group pressure. “The moment everyone at school carries a knife, you start carrying one Anna (20) also walked with a knife in her pocket, but doesn’t do that anymore. “I didn’t feel safe. I still don’t dare to cycle after 20.00 on my own.”
Since 1 September there has been a ban on non-illegal knives in the Frisian city. Other towns and villages are also considering such a ban. Both Anna and Tamara are happy with the ban, but say that it should mainly come from the young people themselves. “I no longer carry a knife with me. Surely somebody should start to stop. Then I thought: then I’ll do it”, says Anna.
Caroline, the sister of the stabbed to death ‘Chuchu’, also hopes that the knife violence will end soon. “I don’t think you want to sit on the couch later and say to your children: ‘I killed someone’. I think you want to say that you got your diploma and that you are working to give your children a good future”
Now she wants to show what her little brother really was like. “He wasn’t like that, as everyone writes about him. He was working on his driving licence and wanted to work with children and young people himself. He was doing a good job. We just had a good upbringing for a good future. It is a great pity that someone is taking that away from us”