Lending our Voices via Poetry

Chinyere Kalu
Posted October 15, 2020 from Nigeria

Today , my country is boiling not with physical fire but with the anger of the youth. A protest has been going on for days calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. 

The youth are angry ,the mothers are afraid. They are angry for been constantly harassed,beaten ,extorted , illegally detained on end and the unfortunate ones killed. Most times they are profiled based on their physical appearance. Tatooes having an iPhone ,having dreads on ,riding a good car and looking good are usually some of the criteria for being picked up Need I state here that the most affected are young men and in few cases ladies.

Mothers live in constant fear for the lives of their male children. As they could be picked up at anywhere and beaten to pulp to make false statements.The bad part is most times the detainee's relations are not even aware.

I have two budding young men as children,I live in fear each time they are back at home from school and go out to meet friends.I fear for what might happen.I constantly call them to their annoyance till they are back home.

So I can't sit on the fence and watch these young people reclaim their freedom from the police and government at large

I joined the protest by writing protest poems 

I have also set up another poetry writing project on my women online writing group to speak up ,encouraging members to call for an end to these senseless killing of our young men in their poems.

I will send the link here as soon as our work is ready.

I say : No to Police Brutality in Nigeria.

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Digital Ambassadors.

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Jill Langhus
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 16, 2020

Hello Chinyere,

Thanks for sharing and bringing awareness to this sad trend. I hope ends soon and that you're sons will stay safe and well.

XX

Chinyere Kalu
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 17, 2020

Thanks Jill. I hope it ends soon too with the government meeting all the conditions the youth have give
My boys are safe.
Thanks!

Jill Langhus
Oct 19, 2020
Oct 19, 2020

You're welcome, dear. I'm glad to hear it!

Nini Mappo
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 17, 2020

Hello Chinyere,
It is unfortunate to learn of police brutality in Nigeria. Is it a recent thing? was it triggered by something in particular? Good on you for raising your voice and joining the fight to end this injustice.
Love and prayers for peace and safety.

Chinyere Kalu
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 17, 2020

Thanks Nini for dropping your comment.Police brutality has been with us in Nigeria just that the young ones couldn't take it any longer because they are the most brutalized .
Thankfully,they seem to have woken up from their slumber we older people and mothers can only but support them in anyway possible Because young people's lives matters

Gbemisola Boyede
Oct 18, 2020
Oct 18, 2020

Well done Chinyere...we are definitely looking forward to a #newnigeria

Wura89
Oct 21, 2020
Oct 21, 2020

and indeed today it burns.. literally, and the blood of innocent young peaceful protesters flowing in the streets :( I stand with you and my fellow Nigerians, hoping for real change to come quickly! Much love

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Oct 26, 2020
Oct 26, 2020

Hello, Chinyere,

My heart aches on what is happening in Nigeria. As a mother of child boys, I understand the fear of having our children become victims of this brutality. How are you, my sister? My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of our World Pulse sisters in Nigeria. Please stay safe. We stand with you!

Kat Haber
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020

no, no, no in so many ways...

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Jan 19
Jan 19

My dear Chinyere,

I hear you loud and clear!

My heart goes out to every Nigerian mother, youth, the old and other vulnerable groups who are not immune from Nigeria's endemic police brutality!
The situation is very well captured in many US Department of State, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International reports and the media.
It is my hope and prayer that the current leaders will bring meaningful reforms aimed at end this problem.
Poetry, and I would say drama are powerful tools and so keep up the good work. All the best.

Chinyere Kalu
Jan 20
Jan 20

Thanks Sis! Thanks a million.