For Tigray, November 2020

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered air strikes and a ground offensive on Nov. 4 against Tigray’s local rulers for defying his authority. On Nov. 15, the air force bombed the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, killing hundreds.


Beloved child

Of the streets

Who has no home

To shelter in

No food to fill

Your soul

Or belly

I open wide

My heart

To you

To every child

Of the streets

So many     so many


Abandoned     alone

I speak of

Tigray     Ethiopia

But in truth

Tigray is everywhere

On Earth

Where a child suffers

Are there different degrees

Of suffering

Different ways to suffer

It matters not

Suffering is suffering

How do we let this