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Poetry for Peace Contest

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.

Bombs Waste Lives

Bombs sent to Japan
Unnecessary killing
Innocent lives lost

Why Not Peace?
The U.S. at war with Japan.
Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki-
Thousands of people killed.
Families wiped away in a flash of light.
Or worse, by suffering from the poison.
Were the children responsible for the war?
No, but they paid the price.
By giving their lives.
Why did the American military use atomic bombs?
To prove that they can.
Why could they not find peace?
Resolve issues with words.
Talk and work it out as diplomats.
War makes innocent civilians suffer.
Instead, we should have peace.

— Tasnuva I. Tamim


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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