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NRC/Tuva Raanes Bogsnes

Millions of Ethiopians are facing famine again, which is attributed to drought but in reality has its roots in the country’s failed governance. In this poem, an Ethiopian in the diaspora turns his mind to the situation of women and children in the current crisis.

A mother

Always on the outlook

For family’s safety 

In mind

As she gazes across

No matter what

She hopes

Yet; she is

The Worried Mother asking

What is ahead?

Her baby

On the back

Looking in wonderment

But feeling safe and confident

Assuring himself

“I am safe as long as

I am on Mother’s back”

That Mother

In her lifetime

Has gone

Through a lot

With war and drought

She is full of care

Who stands there is…

The Worried Mother asking

What is ahead?


© Lemlem Tsegaw, April 25, 2016

Inspired by the story titled, “Rains wreak havoc in drought-hit Ethiopia “By Norwegian Refugee Council, April 25, 2016 @ (