Winner of the Warwickshire Amnesty Writing Competition
We are incredibly proud of Sophie Fennelly (Year 11) who has won the Warwickshire Amnesty writing competition in the 14-16 age group.
This was a writing competition based on the Syrian refugee crisis and we are delighted to be able to share it here with you.
In Search of Safety
She fled to safety
from lands of chaos and catastrophe,
where she woke to the sounds of crashing
and crying and blood-curdling screams;
and she ran with bare-feet
down blood-lined streets,
covered in shards of shattered glass
that sliced at her soles until they stung.
And still she ran.
Travelling over treacherous waters,
journeys that lasted over a week,
and countless nights spent praying you’d escape
the ravenous jaws of the ocean
and waves that throw you about like a ball,
tossing, turning, lurching,
pulling you apart.
7 people lost this week,
you have to understand
these dangerous conditions
are the only ones safer than the land.
She travelled with children
that were all on their own,
their parents last hopes and dreams
packed into a boat, with a goodbye kiss
and tears streaming down their cheeks.
She too cried when she had to leave them,
but these governments, they don’t care.
You’re not their problem, it’s not their issue,
as long as you’re not theirs.
But they give help to the most vulnerable,
so she left them on their own,
and gave her last desperate hope
that they would find a new home.
And after all this she was made to wait
for months and weeks and days,
until they gave her a house,
somewhere to live and food on her plate
and colour returned to her rosy red cheeks.
But she didn’t speak their language
and she didn’t wear their clothes,
so she was ridiculed and bullied;
and after her search for safety
and all her efforts to be free,
they forced her to live in exile;
couldn’t they just let her be?