Alive | The Center for Victims of Torture


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

(Tekle Tareke) Taktar is a member of the Victims of Sinai Torture Association, Adi Harush refugee camp, Ethiopia. (The author is not a CVT client.)



                         After all that
                         Here I am
                         A L I V E
                         Don’t ask how it comes
                         let me share with you some,
                         And how I am


ya…after all that wrong journey, torture
and…after all that wild rape and violence
                Things from a world of no torture
                Beating, burning…no chance to breath once
yaa…it’s true…


Time of melted plastics drop
were considered as break time.
Reddened hot metal rod
heavens denied, to let’s escape through dying


                    All crying in agony there and here
                    faint heartbeats echoing in the ears
                    falling world leaving black clouds of doubt


I can remember…noses farewell the smell of dust
               the tired mind is weakened to realize the dusk
               forgetting that there might be another dawn


OH…oh… the soul was still there while the body was gone
             All this was then, which was hard to share
             I don’t(I did’t) want to share it, and I didn’t dare
             But then I got support from CVT, so, now I don’t care
             I’m strong enough to stand against TORTURE
             That’s why…after all that time

                  Here I am            alive.


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