Out of innocence;
his little sunken eyes
twinkled like little stars,
he is a 9-years-old afghan refugee
with many deep scars.

He escaped fear of cleansing
and persistent war,
and sought refuge in here
by sailing many life-taking far,
yet not sure to be able to give
the life another try!

Peaceful streets are
his protecting shelters,
wearing torn rags
collecting from garbage-bins
and sleeping on a piece of mat
with no protectors!

When the weather turns cold
with heavy rain,
he shivers out of coldness
by folding his little arms
around his skeleton body
to remain dry and a bit warm!

He eats well;
by collecting from garbage-bins,
and people are kind,
sometimes also give him
their remaining and wasted foods
when they are full!
Full version of this poem not shared!
By: Abdul Samad Haidari

About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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