A question from the refugee camp

by Amirah Al-Wassif


Among the refugee camps in Baidoa
I found a baby crawled
On the arm of his mama
Who seemed to me frowned
The baby opened his eyes widely
Looking for the next light
But his mama knows 
No light comes with fight

In a crowd of the lost African bodies
He hold my hand tenderly
He was selling water to the ladies 
Who were sitting on the docks 
With their pots 
Waiting for the day- early 

In the Somali lands 
They asked me 
“How does the sun say hello to everyone?” 
Then, I replied with no hesitation: 
“No sun comes with a gun.” 


Amirah Al-Wassif is a freelance writer. She has written articles, novels, short stories poems and songs. Five of her books were written in Arabic and many of her English works have been published in various cultural magazines. Amirah is passionate about producing literary works for children, teens, and adults which represent cultures from around the world. Her first book, Who do not Eat Chocolate was published in 2014 and her latest illustrated book, The Cocoa Book and Other Stories, is forthcoming.

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