I'm a Child not a Bride

Lydia Jummai Gara
Posted March 12, 2021 from Nigeria

Allow me to play in the rain, run down the street and build sand castles

Allow me to be a child 

Allow me to run to the stream with my friends to get water not sit with the women to learn wifely duties when I'm only but a child.

Allow me to play with the kids from the next block and not be taught how to please my husband

Allow me to have good memories to share with my grandchildren 

Let me enjoy my childhood before i am being sent to my husband's home.

I'm a child not a Bride.

#EndChildMarriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jill Langhus
Mar 12
Mar 12

Hello Lydia,

How are you? Thanks for sharing your powerful poem. I totally, 100% agree!!

Lydia Jummai Gara
Mar 13
Mar 13

Hi Jill, we are still voicing and demanding Gender Justice

Jill Langhus
Mar 15
Mar 15

Great to hear:-)

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dear Lydia,
I hope you are doing well.
Thank you for this beautiful poem.
In seven simple yet profound lines, you captured the cries of many children and their wish:
JUST LET ME BE A CHILD.!

Lydia Jummai Gara
Mar 13
Mar 13

Hi Arrey, thank you for taking out time to read this poem. We are still demanding for Gender Justice in Africa

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dear Lydia,
As woman and girls it has been demanded of us that we accept these rules, that we live only to serve men. Your poem is a powerful demand for change. I look forward to more of your voice here with us now. Standing with you to #EndChildMarriage.

Lydia Jummai Gara
Mar 13
Mar 13

Hello Tamarack
We are still demanding for equality

Nini Mappo
Mar 13
Mar 13

Beautiful and heartfelt, Lydia. The themes you explore of the beauty and power of play, and that life is very long and childhood only fleeting are important in helping families honour the role and value of childhood for the girls. I pray that many mothers are listening, and becoming bold to give their girls a future by letting them be children. Thank you for sharing.

Lydia Jummai Gara
Mar 13
Mar 13

Hi Nini,
You are 100% correct. Thanks for your comment

Sushmita Das
Mar 13
Mar 13

Poignant.

Child marriage is the most disturbing social cruelty. And all we can do is to stop this menace from further engulfing many girl children into its brutality.

Lydia Jummai Gara
Mar 13
Mar 13

You are correct. We demand for change

Sushmita Das
Mar 13
Mar 13

I'm optimistic about this happening sooner than later :)

Lydia Jummai Gara
Mar 15
Mar 15

Yes, we need more voice to demand for Gender Justice

Leonida Odongo
Mar 13
Mar 13

Dear Lydia ,

This is a very important message especially when thinking about an Africa fit for children.Child marriage continues to be a big problem in the continent.

Keep reminding us .

Best

Leonida

Lydia Jummai Gara
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear Leonida
What is why we need women like you to stand up for the girl child in Africa.
Together we can make this happen
Regards
Lydia

Jessica Robinson
Mar 15
Mar 15

Lydia, thank you for this powerful poem. You did a beautiful job capturing the innocence of childhood this young girl desires.
Much love,
Jessica

Phinnie
Mar 19
Mar 19

Lydia-- What an incredible powerful poem that reminds all of us of the importance of childhood play, wonder, and innocence and the danger and absurdity of child marriage. Thank-you for sharing and may we all be inspired to speak up for what we know in our hearts is right and just!
I appreciate you and your message!

charlenegailtaruwona

Dear Lydia,
This is beautiful. Our fight against child marriage continues.

oben Tati
Apr 17
Apr 17

This is great Lydia.We say no to child marriage

Karenday
Apr 22
Apr 22

simply beautiful!