by a former child soldier

by Peter P.

We are the people

We are the leaders

And they

They say itís their rights

We say itís their rights

They say release

We say releasing them

They say donít recruit

We say stop recruiting them

They say protect

We say protecting them

They say education

We see ruined schools

They say family

We see nowhere

They say right to worship

We see occupied temples

They say cleared areas

We say high security zones

We are the children

We say

Occupied is our land

An occupying army

Denied education

Denied family

Denied home

Denied worship

Denied rights

Denied life

Denial is our right

Even to self-defend denied

We are the children

Of an occupied land

And they say

They still care

But oppressed

Is our life

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Posted October 6, 2004