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The humans from 80 Alberts Street

by Hassen Lorgat

 

74 dead and counting

They died in a blaze

the war against the poor

The president told the nation: it was a wake-up call

 

Meanwhile

Jingoistic and bellicose politicians

Talk to the press about the mess

Of an “unclean” city

 

They wasted no time

Got into hurtful rhyme

Meanwhile

silver dressed death suits adorn the burnt-out corpses

 

There was no time

to mourn all the dead

children, men and women

Nor to prepare their graves

 

ILLEGALS,

… helped by these NGOs

The scapegoating has begun

 

Were the departed souls

not human?

Do they not deserve

my tears?

 

 

Hassen Lorgat