Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Poem: In the Mirro of Human Rights

Posted in Arts by KANERE on July 16, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 5-6 / May-June 2009

In the mirror of human rights.

Born of mother and father;

Bears brand of sufferings;

Begs the for life;

Bound with chain of refuge;

In the mirror of human rights;

Refugees are born to suffer?

Delighted in the donors’ mercy heart;

Desired medical care, better feedings;

Discussed on table of agencies;

Disposed to extreme sun shine or coldness;

In the mirror of human right;

Refugees are born to suffer

Little is done to respect humanity of refugee;

Long it has taken;

Look! Some ask how a refugee looks like;

Light has come through sponsorship;

Lo! Government official were once refugees

Today you decide on the fate of refugees;

Tomorrow a refugee will decide on your fate;

Teach refugees the best you want them to do;

Tarry not your days are running;

In the mirror of human rights;

Refugees are sons and daughters of our society.

Neither by powers nor by rights;

Nature dictates you never chose;

Now African, American, European, Asian, or Australian.

Not knowing the origin is the same;

In the mirror of human rights;

Tell the world-is it charity or rights?

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  1. Ryan Lomenda said, on October 19, 2009 at 1:17 am

    This is an important poem. May I use it as an example of the importance of human rights education and protection within refugee camps? I’m a Master’s nursing student in Montreal, Québec, Canada and I would like to give credit in my work to the author of this poem if at all possible.


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