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The Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa.

In my nightmare
there was this never to be forgotten scene-
drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.
I saw there in front of me, the town of Mogadishu
lost between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
An early glimpse of the apocalypse.

My first thought on waking was:
‘This has nothing to do with me!’
Somali pirates and al-Qaeda
personify hatred and evil.
They are the work of the Devil.

Later that day
I saw the global reality face to face.
The solution to Somalia and global poverty
are matters for the whole human race-
from the United Nations down to me.

Bill Donaldson