Noel Allen


My name is Noel Allen. I am sixty-eight. I was born in Jamaica, West Indies. I attended St.
Aloysius Boy's School, St George's College evening classes, studied privately, and was successful at G. C. E. "O" Level. I hold a certificate in Trade Unionism from the Trade Union Institute, University of the West Indies, at Mona; a certificate in Fire Fighting from the U.S. Navy Fire Department; a certificate in Supervision and Management from the U.S. Naval School at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; a diploma in writing from the Institute of Children's Literature; a diploma in Economics from the Henry George School of Social Science; a Fire Safety Director's certificate from John Jay College of Criminal Justice; a B. Sc. in Industrial Relations from Greenwich University; a M. A. in Sociology from Harrington University.I am married. I have seven children.I am a Christian.Hobbies: gardening, and reading.The story is about struggle. It starts the day my mother abandoned me, when I was just an infant, in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica. It recounts the mental and physical abuse I suffered while living with my surrogate father and his common law wife; and the sexual abuse that was perpetrated on me, when I was eleven, by a Roman Catholic priest. It shows how I escaped the clutches of ghetto gangs and went on a remarkable journey: U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where I worked as a Fire Fighter; Nassau, Bahamas, where I got involved with drug dealers, eventually becoming a seaman. I eventually ended up back in Jamaica, where I became a cop, then a convict.


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