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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.

When shall peace arrive ?

The world should not forget this horrifying day,
This day I lost my family and friends .
Running wildly with no were to go
Looking for a place to hide,
I hear cries and screams of children,
Families yelling out for 

Shocked walking down I see burned bodies lying on the ground.
If I had survived this atomic bomb,
I had suffered more than those who died.
There are many who lost all their relatives and who ,utterly alone in the world.

To die with a slow death with no one upon whom to depend on.
These people cannot find work in society ,nor can they function physically
like other people.
They are suffering for more than the dead.
This is why I have resolved to stand up and appeal as long. 
As there is life in my body for peace.

And to insist that nuclear weapons must never be used again.
To me I will never wait for death to see hell, 
because I had already seen it and will never forget.
August 9,1945 ,no matter how hard I try,
I will never been able to forget the events of that morning.
When shall peace arrive? 
— Reem tohme


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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