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A poem by Abu Qatada
Come, this is the sanctuary for the exhausted ones.
Here they unload their woes and burdens.
Here in our land we have written your rights.
On every door we hang them.
Our wars are for your sake.
We send out troops to spread peace.
They shout and they scream,
And their words always end with that magical rhythm
Yet when the exhausted ones arrive,
They find a suffocating deception.
A touch of honey over heaps of poison.
The poison of their newspapers confronts you:
Wherever you turn your face,
You see them, forms asking you:
What is your colour?
What is your religion?
Are you from above or below?
And wherever you look
You see deportation centres
And the police knocking on your door.
It is indeed deception.
In your lands is a ruler installed by them,
And in their own land they rob you.
If you wish, visit their museums
And you will see your country’s stolen treasures.
On their streets you will see
Your country’s plundered wealth.
Even the jewel of their crown
Is from the earth of your lands.
Hear it from us just once:
YOU are the criminals.
June 2008 (translated from Arabic)
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”.