Wednesday, December 13, 2006

May These Words

Nigerian poet, Tanure Ojaide, now teaching at the University of Charlotte in North Carolina writes powerful poetry.


“To the Janjaweed”
in Per Contra is addressed to those responsible for executing the ongoing massacres, tortures, and rapes, their villages sacked,—in the Darfur in Western Sudan. The victims are also subject to starvation.

In Ojaide’s poem the Janaweed and those in power in who choose to support their actions are both culpable:

"May the fire you spread gleefully this way
scorch you and your family at the other end

may your patrons in government corridors
become dead vultures to the entire world"

The rest of the poem is equally strong.

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