In my midnight sleep, yesternight, in my lonely old sheet house
I was awakened by the wailing souls of kids
Their mother had been shot live without pity
Reason? She opposed the rapists’ intentions
Where is humanity if they had no concern about these kids?
While out on duty as a journalist and photographer
This child saw me, knelt down and raised his hands up
Lips tight closed, eyes, a well of tears
We are in a country where death and war is the anthem
Fear, insecurity and alienation of kins has become a routine
It knelt because it thought that I was a terrorist
A camera has never been a gun but a gun is death
To these kids
Where is humanity if we kill even the innocent souls?
The media, known to be a voice of the vulnerables
Today, with your cameras, shamelessly and happily followed Njeri
In her labour pains, being chased from one hospital to another
Because of lack of maternity fee
To the last destination, she lost the unborn child
It died because mother would not afford the maternity fee
Why didn’t you lend a hand to a crying sister?
You got a story for your news but lost a generation!
Where is humanity if we smile at death while we visibly saw it coming?
This boy in the streets never chose to be there
The mother belonged to the pubs, the father slept in tunnels
They both died of HIV/AIDS,
The street became his home
County police, why would you whip him up
Instead of feeding him?
Mr Governor, why chase them out of “their home”
Yet you have not given them another?
I again ask, where is humanity?
Lastly, in churches, I see segregation
Churches for the rich and poor
Was Jesus Christ a partisan king?
I ask, where is humanity?
© *Robert Onteri aka Hector De Poet*
Fb@ Roberto De Khalifa