The Poetry for Peace contest was held from 15 September until 14 October 2011. The winners were anounced at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.
Below is one of the contest entries.
How can I forget? How can I forget That exploding sound Which stole my family from me Leaving me, with no one around? How can I forget Looking into mother's eyes? Desperately, she called for my help Hopelessly, I watched her die How can I forget The burnt bodies on the floor? Whether my family was amongst them Even today, I am unsure How can I forget Those piercing screams Which haunt me daily When appearing in my dreams? How can I forget How some are so unkind? Peace on Earth is something We urgently need to find
— Hashela Kumarawansa
All Poems Submitted to the Contest