Posted in Jamie Dedes, Poems/Poetry


We can run away from bombs, but not from hunger.” Sudan‘s refugees in South Sudan, report of 2012


I wrote this back in the 80s in response to an essay on the “black days” by someone from the Sudan.  


Have you read about them –

“Black Days” in the Sudan?

They are hunger-and-thirst days

When the supply of water –

One liter per person for two weeks

. . . is gone

When their food, one meal a day

For fourteen days

. . . is gone,

and the waiting and wasting begins –

four, five, fifteen days

Until more food and water

then Black Days again –

They are days of laying-in.

Conserving energy.

Some survive.


If you want and are able, you can make a donation to the Fill the Cup of the World Food Programme. They say $1 fills four cups.

© 2012, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved

Photo credit ~ mother and malnurished child, Darfur, taken by USAID and in the public domain


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