Let's talk about the PEV and the ICC



31 May 2016 - 19:05

Sitawa Namwalie is a Kenyan poet, writer and performer. She is a lyrical storyteller who deals with the complex issue of Kenyan identity, a topic that became crucial for her after the political unrest in Kenya in 2007/2008 as a result of the presidential election dispute. From her reflections on ethnicity, identity, land ownership, dominion and love she created the poetry collection, Cut Off My Tongue (Storymoja, 2009), and Silence is A Woman as well as the lyrical Homecoming (2011).

By Sitawa Namwalie

We watch you, as you dance on our graves. 
Celebrants; celebrate your victory!
You beat the world at its own game.
Now you are free.

And we, your victims, we the cruel joke of your conquest? 
We are still here.
Casting shadows on your virtue.

We, are still here.
We will not be wished away in loud prayers and strident words.
We are still here.
Still, we wait for justice.
We are still raped, still homeless, still bereaved, still dead. 
Not gone, just dead.
Still we weep.

We watch you, as you dance on our graves. 
One, two, three, five thousand, with blood on your hands?
And we, your victims, we the cruel joke of your conquest? 
We are still here, casting shadows on your virtue.
Not gone. Just dead.
We wait for justice.

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"We watch you, as you dance on our graves." Yes, this is the dance of the wicked and witches.
Yes. We are still here And more of us you still kill I wonder how much longer we will still Be here
“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” -Revelation 21: 2-4 Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.