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Why - Genocide Contest

 I lay in my hospital bed after giving birth
Could hear the murdering, raping Hutus
Approaching my bed
My baby was no more
They ravaged me
Left me alive...........
Could hear the battle getting nearer
All I was worried about was my mother 
Home alone...
My husband 
was he fighting
Was he alive......
Clutching my dead baby
I staggered towards home.
The smell of blood filled the air.
Then I saw them,
The valiant Tutu's, 
Fighting for us.
here and now
The sound of machetes 
clashing together
Limbs flying through the air
Like boomerangs.
The screaming ....
The misery.......
When I staggered home
Found Mother in the water butt
Hiding from the savages
She was alive and ok..
So traumatised
Many twisted bodies on the ground
Dragged them into a pile, trying to remember who they were
To keep a record , for posterity.
Poured paraffin over them and cremated them
Praying for their souls
We buried the baby
In the hard red earth
Couldn't cry, had no tears
Was in shock......
Date was April 7th...
So tired, we slept
Hidden from view...
I am alive, my heart beating
Yet I feel dead
Dead inside....
Why I ask myself
Why is it happening....
God only, knows.

Penned 22/08/2014 for the Genocide Speak for the Lost contest.
I used 100 days slaughter of Rwanda.

You can see the skeletons of some of the twenty percent of the tutus that were killed,
Can see the open mouth of the cry of pain. They have been kept. A reminder to the future generation
April 7th is called Genocide Memorial Day, the week following is a national mourning week.


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  1. Date: 8/23/2014 5:51:00 AM

    Beautifully expressed genocide agony Seren ! Love the way you did wid the theme! Good luck!
  1. Date: 8/23/2014 5:28:00 AM Is regarded as watering pot.
  1. Date: 8/23/2014 3:55:00 AM

    What is a water butt? This whole poem obviously is very moving. I used the following to access your poems. See if it works for you. I Goggled you and alos noticed that you are on FaceBook. Jim
  1. Date: 8/23/2014 3:46:00 AM

    It's a painful paint of words... Luck in contest Seren.