In honor of 26 June, 2020, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, CVT Ethiopia-Tigray held a poetry contest. We are proud to share these three winning poems this year.
By: Tesfalem Sahile
CVT organization is our partner, a real partner
People let’s go to the concerned organization
There is an organization called CVT
It is always open without saying holidays.
It always there opening its services day and night
It is saying let’s stand together to stop rape,
It is saying call to me, when there is a rape,
It is saying let’s fight against rape,
It is saying let’s fight against violence, before it founds its roots
It is saying let’s listen and approach CVT before it constructs its house.
It is saying let’s collaborate without wasting time,
It is saying just report, counselling is open.
It has a support to provide with you,
Its counselling is interesting,
Just approach CVT, don’t pass ignoring it
Just visit CVT, and taste its counselling.
It is saying welcome, opening its doors and time for you,
Counselling is always there, CVT welcomes you.
It is saying release your heavy stones
Approach it, ask it, and line up under its umbrella.
CVT is saying ‘help your selves’, it has something to provide for you
It is welcoming you opening its doors, to provide you its counselling
It is saying ‘help your selves’, opening its doors day and night.
It lightens the difficult one, it approaches the withdrawn one
Let’s go together to benefit from counselling
Just ask it, approach it in order to believe
It is saying let’s gain, do not lose.
Let’s go it’s good to stay with CVT
Brothers, sisters it’s too bad to be alone
Let’s go it’s good with CVT,
Let’s go, let’s go!
Man for a Man
By Mihretab F.
Things are unfair in this world.
A broken promise in the course of trust
Violence with torture and scars of pain
There is a lot of story in this mysterious world
When a man is at some better position
Tends to use the other man, and
Stares at, to oppress what the other possess
Man’s behavior is difficult to explain
Man laughs while the other cries
A man is hungry while the other eats
Does man forgets the common death
Man who distributes distress to threaten your mind
Who pays the costs of torture through slavery
Who causes anxiety, to lose your mentality
A man who conspires many things to spoil a man.
If he would get the chance to own the sun
Man might blame the earth for hurting a man
Or might push and through the earth to the grounds not to stand strong
Oh, Man! Who multiplies, adds, subtracts itself.
After seeing many things be it be good for me
Who cares about others’ pain
A man who judges a man by his position
Who is to provide justice for those who are hurt
Man teaches, changes a man
A man can activate the spoiled mind
Man tricks a man, and buries him in the ground
A man can do whatever he/she wants for a man.
JUST LEARN FROM HIM
By Guesh Fishale
He steps into migration while he was still a child
He started his journey leaving his families
And, he started his journey at the very night
Without knowing where his destinations be
He steps ahead, without knowing his direction
And, while he still doesn’t have a friend to accompany
Thus, he became stressed alone from time to time.
He was too young to balance on his thoughts
He experiences torture, rape and become helpless
He started to worry and cry alone
He lost his cognitions as result of psychological distress
Due to lack of sleep, he becomes calm less
And, despairs about the taste of life.
What to report? For he has been through too much
Challenges and difficulties!
He steps to learn at CVT
After many ups and downs
To get hope and taste of life
He starts to balance on his thoughts,
Became very satisfied by what he learnt
And, considering all that he comes through
He says thank you loudly.
For He learns from CVT that…
how to untie the tied rope
How to feed the hungry belly,
How to satisfy the thirsty throat
And, how to heal the tortured life. Yes of course! Know what you do not know
and ask which you don’t understand
About what CVT does . . .
And tell to your friends,
Spread it and tell to everyone.