Do you remember yesterday?!
Our past….you couldn’t have possibly forgotten already, could you??
The lives lost….
The property destroyed…
The displacement, child torn from mother, sister from brother, husband from wife
The agony, the hurt, the tears….now scars
Our scars…..imprinted on our skin, our memories, our environment
A constant reminder of our yesterday, to make sure we never forget
But have we, are we willing to have a second go at our war?!
More damage perhaps, more blood spilled, more lives lost, most orphans…
Have more chaos…
I mean as long the leader we want gets into office yes?!
Means to a good end??
Only to prove a point…..meaningless point that tribe matters
Does it really?!
Family or friends, colleagues or neighbors
We had a bond
Didn’t we support different football teams and still watch the match together
Didn’t we have family arguments but still turn to each other in times of need, always ready to help
Didn’t we compete towards the same position at work, but have drinks after to celebrate the signed contract
Didn’t we donate blood to help save the life of a friend’s relative
Didn’t we unite and stand as one when attacked by terrorists
But were you not from another tribe? wasn’t your colleague as well who helped me get a job?!
What about the friend you introduced me to who became my husband?!
I mean we had disagreements but we got past them
We agreed to disagreed, we had different opinions and that’s okay
Or so I thought
Who said my tribe would dictate my vote?!
I just wanted a good leader….
I guess my tribe spoke louder, because before I knew it I was fleeing
Running for my life, with no destination in mind just running from what I called home
I lost a husband
You lost a brother
She, a mother
Her, her dignity
Him, his home
Them, their livelihood
We, our peace…..
So what then?! ….
We were left to pick up the pieces, myself and others in a similar situation
Pains like mine
Struggles like mine
Ours eyes wide open…
Lessons instilled us…
A battle with no winner….nothing but destruction
And for what?!
Yes we wanted a leader, yes we all want out candidate to win, but even he could not bring back what I lost…..
I learnt, we did…. I hope you did too, because this scars will never fade away.
Do you remember yesterday….
Or do you intend for it to be your tomorrow???!