Humanity Has Fallen: Poem Dedicated To Nigerian Migrants Suffering In Libya And Oman

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December 4, 2017 – Humanity Has Fallen: Poem Dedicated To Nigerian Migrants Suffering In Libya And Oman

Okafor Nzubechukwu Johnmary

Libya, Libya, Libya
Libya, Libya, Libya
Libya, Libya, Libya

Yesterday, I got a letter from a friend trying to migrate to Europe through Libya
And this is what he had to say
Tell all my friends that I will be coming back to Nigeria
I’ve just bought my freedom with one of my kidney today
After 2 years in captivity in Libya, 3 years as a slave in Oman
Without making it to Europe like fortunate Obaman
Don’t forget he said, to tell my sweet Favour, I love her
But to my Mom, the kidney freedom price, don’t tell her

And it came from Oman, Oman, Oman
Oman, Oman, Oman,
Oman, Oman, Oman,

It was just the next day, his mother got a letter,
It was addressed from Malaysia
Now Mrs. Oshiomole, she lives in Nigeria
Now this is what was said in the letter
Don’t be alarmed, the telegram said
But Mrs. Oshiomole, your son is dead the telegram said
He fell sick on a flight coming to Nigeria from Oman
To save his life, there was emergency landing back to Oman
But in hospital, it was discovered both akpororo’s kidney
Were taken and replaced with one dead kidney
On hearing the news of how much he paid for his freedom
With both kidneys instead of one, he tearfully passed on

And it all started from Libya, Libya, Libya
Libya, Libya, Libya
Libya, Libya, Libya

Somebody please bring Muammar Gaddafi back
Barrack Obama please bring Muammar Gaddafi back
America please, stop the atrocities you started
Obama please bring back Muammar Gaddafi’s Fascist Libya
Because your democratic Libya is not working out as purported
Look at late Muammar Gaddafi crying my Libya, Libya, Libya.

(Inspired by Jimmy Cliff’s song, “Vietnam”)
Note: all the characters in the poem are fictional.

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