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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - African Madness

African Madness


James Bredin

It appears to me that Sub Saharan Africa is mad,
A large portion dying from AIDS which is quite sad,
Another portion starving, killing, shooting or being killed,
And the UN wants us all involved in this, up to the gills.

Because the UN has its own not so hidden agenda,
In their international left wing socialist propaganda,
They make it sound as though we have an obligation,
Like the old Christian missionaries who stayed on station.

You remember the Rwanda dead and then there’s Darfur,
Humanitarian crisis that repeat for African poor,
Then there’s the Congo with their daily armed clashes,
Guns, bombs, death and grenades amid frequent flashes.

Nothing is normal where thousands of women are raped,
Where child soldiers are given guns and trained and shaped,
Amid another UN draft resolution by politicians,
Pompously proclaimed while they ponder their ambitions.

Democracy and fair elections are all a distant dream,
And nothing is going to change much in an off-the-wall scheme,
Peacekeepers only add to the madness where there are mines,
Could this be much worse than in those old colonial times?

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