Women Voices of Dissent Poetry Series 1: Mothers of the Revolution

You loaded her tummy with bazookas Gently rubbed them hoping they would grow a head like you Too big to be contained in a woman’s arms Mother of the revolution, memories are a bayonet ripping through her intestines These words you throw recklessly are worms causing the wounds to fester. Long, long ago you turned…

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Child Abuse in Kenya: The Fight Is Still On

At the age of three, Sam* was severely emaciated and could not walk or stand. He was living with his elder siblings, who, upon discovering Sam’s HIV status, neglected him. The little boy only survived on mandazi (Swahili Coconut Doughnut) and tea, resulting in severe malnutrition and tuberculosis. His case was referred to Childline Kenya,…

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