• Mina Bilkis

We Are Waiting

Mama


Oh sweet mother


We call our country Mama Salone

And those who govern us Papa Government


It is sad, Mama

That your husband doesn’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated


It is even sadder, Mama

That your children are not in the position to defend you


We are broken, Mama

We are voiceless, Mama

We are waiting, Mama


Papa has killed in your name for “development”

Papa has stolen in your name for “progress”

And Papa has violated you in the name of “tradition”


We are waiting for a signal, Mama

We are waiting


We are waiting for the day that we can live up to “Sweet Salone 2020”

We are waiting for college graduates to be employed upon graduation

We are waiting for nepotism to retire and merit to be reinstated

We the youths are waiting


But we are tired, Mama


We have waited for 11 painful years

We have cried for 3000 bodies in 2015

We buried 1000 bodies in 2017

We have no parliament in 2018

We the youths have been waiting


And for what?


They say we are the future leaders of tomorrow

But when tomorrow is uncertain

And today is a gift

We have to act

We are only expected to live for 51 years

So there is no tomorrow


We are the leaders of today

We are

We are


Mama


Today as you turn 57

The time has come to see another day

To tell another story

To dance to a different tune


In 2018


We are no longer waiting


Mama


We are ready

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1961 - 2018

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