by Marc Nair | 19 June 2016
This week is World Refugee Week and 20 June is World Refugee Day. Mackerel pays tribute to the millions of people who have been displaced throughout the globe. In particular, the Syrian refugee crisis has been catastrophic on multiple counts; people have had to flee carrying nothing more than grief, a land is gradually imploding from within and countries have had to undertake some serious soul-searching; crates of good-will or tweets of regret are no longer enough.
This poem was written after reading real-life accounts of Syrians as they attempted to flee their war-torn country. It was first written and performed at Speak For Syria, 18 March 2016 at The Arts House.
Listen to a rendition of this poem, accompanied by bassist Tim De Cotta, at the National Library Board's Read! Festival in June 2016.
Cover image: Syrian refugee camp, Karkosik Erbil. (Mustafa Khayat / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0).)