CHILDREN OF WAR

 

“Mum, why are you not speaking?”

She pulls her child close,

rests his head upon her chest,

turning his face away from her cheeks,

tears rolling from her eyes as she silently weeps.

 

The house they once called home,

is now a cemetery where her remaining family sleeps.

 

Her heart rages inside,

“I did not choose to be a victim of war,

My child did not choose to be a child of war,

If I scream loud enough will you hear me?

If the blood from these bodies bleeds into your oceans

will you pay attention to the cries hitting your shores?”

 

My child,

he is only five,

yet he has witnessed the falling of the skies.

Pointing at the stars,

screaming,

asking me why,

“Mum, why are the stars exploding and buildings falling?” ⠀⠀⠀

 

“Close your eyes my child,

these stars have been sent by your family,

the one we call ‘humanity.” ⠀⠀⠀

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– Children of war, U.F. Shah

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Photograph taken by Sam Tarling @oxfamamerica of a woman holding her child while bombs fall on the street outside.

The British Government are voting regarding the bombing of Syria. Please don’t stay silent. #dontbombsyria #saynotowar

 

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