by Mohamed Bangura, age 17, W. A. M. Collegiate Secondary School SS(II) ARTS
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Sunshine is the state of hope
Sunshine is the state of grace
But why have you departed from me
Now is darkness around
I was arrested and carried away by strangers.
O they are my brothers
I was forced to danced to the beat of their music
We ate all the food left behind by my mother
And destroyed my very house
Now I know they are not my brothers
The strangers said they have gone to settle in peace
In their home town
Where would I hide my self against nightfall?
That these child soldiers have made.
O sun-shine o sun shine why have you departed from me
It is darkness around here,
My hopes are down
Never to meet sunshine again.