Picture drawn by Jess Leigh
Yesterday was National Human Trafficking Day. So I thought I would post this poem I wrote during the week to create awareness on modern-day slavery.
For the 27 million people held in slavery all over the world
Their cries resound all over the earth;
Cries of suffering, cries of hopelessness.
Yet few really hear them, nor are there many left to care.
They are like a vanishing wind;
Whispers of their fate are heard, yet they are left unseen.
They are bound like broods of animals,
Living a life they did not choose;
A life stolen by another.
They are forced to go where they do not want to go,
They are forced to do what they wish not to do.
Their time on earth is a living hell,
Imposed and controlled by heartless ones.
There is no escape, there is no freedom;
They are chained to their unwanted fate
While their souls cry out in agony.
Can you hear them?
Their silent cries are echoing
Against every corner of the earth,
Pleading to be set free
While sinister fingers grip them mercilessly.
Some heed the call and head into battle,
Striving to save the captive ones.
Others turn a deaf ear, a blind eye
And their hearts turn to stone,
While 27 million voices continue to scream in silence.