Slaughter of the innocents, children killed in conflict, a poem to remember them

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Girl, 7 year old “terrorist” brought to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar (Pakistan) emergency from Mir Ali, killed during recent assault from Pakistan military (photo, Dr Noor Wazir) and Hala Ahmad Albhairy, age 4 killed in Gaza following an Israeli occupation forces attack which targeted her family’s house in Khan Younis, 24 December, 2013 (photo, thanks Hamde Abu Rahma and Haitham al Khatib for sharing)

Impulses of Deeper Birth

Where can the persecuted find a berth,
A stable land that can be called a home?
No company of shepherds or of cattle,
Just bombs and drones that give birth to death’s rattle.
Grave beckons whether you lie still or roam―
You might as well be born under the earth.
Whether we choose to celebrate or mourn
No meaning lives unless Life is reborn.

A Life that rescues the lost birth of good,
Gives truth and justice hope and strength to be
And recreates a world of could and would:
The will that conquers power and will bring
A birth that lasts and changes everything―
A birth not of the self, but empathy.

Felicity Currie
December 2012

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Children carry the body of a friend who was killed by shelling during heavy fighting between the Free Syrian Army and the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus earlier this year (photo, Mohamed Dimashkia, Reuters)

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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