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.
My ears were trembling as if I was watching the atomic bomb falling on all the innocent citizens. The voice of the victim was traumatizing. The pain, disaster and struggling was never going to be forgotten, especially to me. The terror I can feel, the emotions gained, the panicking rushing from block to block, to get their families and save them. Imagining if that was me to suffer and stress if my family is alive and safe. It’s only them that matter’s at that point. Losing someone you love isn’t very easy. It’s the exact opposite and these victims had to deal with losing someone important in their life and it was very difficult for them over so many years. War needs to stop, it has to stop! Peace is the right answer!
— Eleni Georgiadis
All Poems Submitted to the Contest