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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



Jingoistic and bellicose politicians

Talk to the press about the mess

Of an “unclean” city


They wasted no time

Got into hurtful rhyme


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



… helped by these NGOs

The scapegoating has begun


Were the departed souls

not human?

Do they not deserve

my tears?



Hassen Lorgat