How many more souls? For us to wake up as youth?
Did the riot break at the Pademba road prison?
That claimed the lives of prisoners?
Exact figures of death, we still can’t figure out
We await the final blow of the trumpet promised by thee
For victims of the War, APC and SLPP
Have we not learn?
28 year old Augustine, A teacher,
Left his seven year old child Augusta
Was shot and died in cold blood
News have it he was not part of the riot
He only acted as citizen journalist
By taking pictures, that got him killed by security personnel
Who will take care of his seven year old Augusta?
Why don’t we sit and watch from home?
And let politicians fight their battles?
When last did they call you?
Would there be tear gas?
If we all remained in our homes?
And think about our future?
Why should you risk your life for manmade light?
When God’s light is the best?
There is no calmness in riots
at that time the military are under orders
and would do anything to end the riot
you lost your lives to something that can be prevented
now, your family, you left crying
would they get any compensation for your actions?
Before I forget, are you known to any of the politician?
Whilst you are manhandled by the Military, are they present to help?
Why don’t we think about our safety
Let go of the ‘we’ mentality completely
Make personal safety a priority
Do not be used like arrows and bullets
To be used to cause havoc
Whilst the politicians watch from afar
in their homes, with wine in glass
watching us kill ourselves on AYV and SLBC TV
with their children and love once around them
saying, that boy shot is my boy
as they sip the wine and with laughter
I know not all killed and injured were not protesters
but again, it could have been prevented by us to Save the day
by staying at home with our doors closed like politicians when the riot breaks
We are being used as baits for our own deaths
While the politicians remain untouched and unmoved
Isn’t the past enough to teach us?
Or is history repeating itself?
We are quick to make biased posts on Facebook
That only helps fuel animosity among us
Our political affiliations shouldn’t divide us
It doesn’t change the fact that we are Sierra Leoneans
We should appreciate and unite in our diversity
It’s time we change our approach
And learnt to live together as brothers
Never fight for justices
or we will perish together like fools
Rest in peace to the souls gone
Wake up and rise up to the souls left.
Sierra Leone we want can’t be achieve with hate.