They’re Shooting | by X Umurundi

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PEOPLE

Mama please understand
I can’t just hide inside anymore
Please get off the floor
Please move away from the door
Every week I keep losing friends
Every week there’s another funeral

I don’t know how you do it
How you stay strong living in fear
You keep praying but I don’t see God here
You’re much stronger than me
Is it because you’ve been through this before
I’m a man, I need to stand for something, let me go

Because every day, it’s another name
another body, another face
See them as they shoot, shoot, shoot!
Every day, another life gone, gone, gone!

POLICE

Daughter please understand
I cannot just quit my job anymore
Please sit over here
Please move away from the door
I know you keep losing friends
But I swear I did not kill any of them
But I know the names of those who did
And that does not make me innocent
Orders are orders and that makes no sense
I know you are stronger than me
I am filled with fear following orders cowardly
But please understand, I do not want to lose you

Because every day, it’s another name
another body, another face
With them as they shoot, shoot, shoot!
Every day, another life gone, gone, gone!

PRESIDENT

My people please understand
It made sense to run for one more.
Another term is the least I’m entitled to
And we’re at peace, I don’t see any war
Yes a few people are against me
But only in small areas, no more
And they will be dealt with accordingly
So be happy, come to the field and celebrate me.

Because every day, it’s another game
another chance, a switch of pace
Watch me as I shoot, shoot, shoot!
Every day, another nice goal, goal, goal!


-X Umurundi

X Umurundi (not real name) is a writer from Burundi currently seeking refuge in Rwanda away from the turmoil in his home country. Since April, more than 400 Burundians have been summarily executed and murdered after citizens rejected the bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third bid. To date more than 200, 000 Burundians have fled from their homes, and with no peace deal in the offing, the fears of another civil war in the country are now more than real.

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