THE LOST LIVES | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 12, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 12, 2017


Fleeing from their villages

Running for their lives

Leaving everything they know engulfed in flames

Are the tortured ones who survive.

Little children carrying babies,

Parents missing or dead

People drowning or left behind

In a burning purgatory, or gun to the head.

They come by a treacherous path

Crossing a terrible river

Hoping for a better chance 

A life they pray we can deliver

Families die hand in hand,

Sickness and death chase them

All because of one stupid plan,

A plan designed to erase them.

Therefore we have opened our gates

To rescue them from the hate

The hands, who harm without a second thought

From the people who discriminate.

Who said it was okay?

To rape, to burn, to kill, to throw away,

Just because they bow their heads to pray

And not sit to chant and meditate

Under a leader of peace, 

Who once saved the day,

Has now become wordless,

Tongue tied, neglecting  the helpless.

These millions of refugees,

Who have witnessed their very extermination,

Running from the lives they knew,

To cross into a different nation.

The writer is a grade 9 student of Sir John Wilson School.

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