Colombo, Human Security, IDPs and Refugees, Poetry, Post-War, Writers Under Siege


You claimed to liberate
hostages, to conduct
the largest rescue
operation in history.

In other countries
people robbed
of freedoms,

are treated
by doctors, then
sent home
to be greeted

usually by feisty
and jubilant
crowds. They are
welcomed as heroes.

Here, 100 Tamils
share one latrine,
women don´t eat
so they will not

defecate until night
covers them
squatting in bush by
the perimeter fence

conquering fear
of snakes. Here boys
and girls are picked
up by goon squads

who roam camps
demanding bribes
for teenagers they
choose to leave alone

for now.

Writers Under Siege

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