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Poetry—Yenga oh Yenga

10 January 2009 at 00:47 | 645 views

This is an ode to the people of Sierra Leone whose territory, Yenga in Kailuhun District continues to be occupied by Guinean forces more than a decade since they were invited to help defeat the RUF rebels by the Tejan-Kabbah government. It is envisaged that the government of Sierra Leone will utilize both regional and international forums, such as the ECOWAS court and the World Court in The Hague to pursue a vigorous legal and diplomatic offensive to ensure the removal of the Guinean occupiers.

Yenga oh Yenga!

By Kortor Kamara, USA.

Yenga oh Yenga
Nestled in the horn of Sierra Leone
In the Kissi-Teng chiefdom, Kailahun district
With strategic thumb-like tentacles touching foreign neighbors
Who for long have had designs on you.
Your continued separation from the motherland
daily evokes consternation and heartbreak among your countrymen.
Yenga oh Yenga
the yoke of your continued occupation since 1998,
belies the deception not only of your occupiers
but of your own leaders.
Under the guise of providing for your protection
they invited a foreign force who alas had nefarious designs on you.
Your leaders complicity in this continued occupation,
Oh Yenga, not only baffles your compatriots
but their lack of transparency and
business as usual attitude with your occupiers
Evokes our collective outrage.
They do business, dine, dance and play with your occupier
And act as though you donʼt exist.
Their frequent sojourns to and cavorting with the enemy,
providing her with comfort further emboldens her;
even in his death your leaders like supplicants
trooped to and lavished praises at
the enemy leader of your occupation.
Yenga oh Yenga
The architect of your occupation,
led ironically by Kailahunʼs favorite
party and sons
Were inept in ensuring a withdrawal
and lifting the yolk of your occupation
at warʼs end in 2002.
With naivety and diplomatic blunders,
Despite repeated agreements by the occupiers
to relinquish their hold,
Your leaders continue to fail going on two scores.
Yenga oh Yenga
Your compatriots demand
Our leaders view your occupation
as an occupation of our entire country
And move with lightening speed to end
the cozy relations with the occupiers and
redress your pain.