Poem: I Am A Warrior

15 Jul

Global Health and Human Rights

    african warrior

 My name is Mwana Ya Mpiganaji.

 In Swahili, it means son of a warrior.

 I was a child soldier, I was a warrior.

 I lost my leg to a landmine,

 I lost my house to the burning and the looting,

 I lost my parents to the armed fractions.

 I’m an orphan, a nobody’s child.

 Now the war is over, or so they say.

 Now I’m fighting for my survival,

 I’m not afraid. I’m a warrior, I was born a warrior.

They called me Mremba.

 At fourteen, I was raped by a soldier.

 I, later found out that I was pregnant.

 As a result, my parents abandoned me,

 The guilt, the shame was too much for them to bear.

 I gave birth alone in a bush, to a beautiful daughter.

 I walked miles and miles with her, through the empty land.

 At one point, I felt all my…

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2 Responses to “Poem: I Am A Warrior”

  1. Sue Dreamwalker July 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I left my comment Miro on the post. These stories in those poems are what make the moans of indiviuals as they have not a clue as to how half the world suffers so pathetic.
    Highlighting such Warriors who endure everyday horrors we could never imagine is the truth more need to hear.
    Maybe then they would see they have no need to moan at all.

    ( I will be back to catch up properly in the week I hope. Making this vivist via my blackberry. As I’ve had some long shifts of my own — but not moaning. 🙂 ). Just had to comment.
    Blessings Sue

    • Miro July 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      Thank you, Sue. Always great to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your light and wisdom, it always inspires.

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