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.
Watching your life flash before your own eyes. Death and screams stifle me; world peace is a bunch of lies. Young and naïve, when my parents were taken. Standing beside your father waiting for him to awaken. Debris and chemicals fill the air. Now I know the real meaning of how life’s not fair. The blood and cuts blanket my face. The fighter jets and grenades gone without a trace. Struggling to open your eyes, but not wanting to see what lies ahead. Nothing of yours is left, not even a single thread. Hoping it’s a nightmare, and wishing it’ll end. This is something all the riches in the world couldn’t mend. Nothing left to live for. Our countries were the most developed and now we’re all poor. The only thing that brings an ounce of satisfaction, is knowing you did your best. All the hardship and getting by was only a test. So confused, until all your thoughts just stop. You may be the only one who sees it, but you’ll make it to the top. You lived life learning to move on. Time ticks by, and by time you know it; it’s gone.
— Nadia Ghulam
All Poems Submitted to the Contest