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The Voices of Our Youth

A poetry collaboration between girls from the U.S. and Burundi
for World Poetry Day 

This Women's History Month and World Poetry Day...

The youth of Burundi and the US collaborate to share their voices! Through the universal language of poetry, these youth share what it means to be a girl today.
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Can you write a poem in your fourth language? Burundian youth poet, Amani, can! Read her original poem 'My Inner Talks' and donate to support girls like her in Burundi!

My Inner Talks

I grew up in a society where I was humiliated
I grew up being discriminated
No one sees my value
I grew up in a society where I have no right to education, job or speech,
I grew up in a society where I have nothing to say or contribute
I grew up seeing my grandma, my mom, aunties and other women treated the same way
I thought is the nature coz...
I grew up in a society where everyone says that I'm the weakest creature
 
No, you are wrong, totally wrong
You are the strongest creature ever
You are so strong than you cannot imagine
Carrying a baby for 9 months inside of you!
Cooking, doing washing-up, cleaning...
with the baby inside of you🙊
Because society and culture expect this for you
 
You are... just amazing.
Who else do you think can do that?
You only you, can do so
Because you are so strong and powerful
 
No one has the courage like yours,
Soldiers are courageous because they are taught to be so
But you, you are totally different.
At the birth time you struggle but..
You never give up till your hands hold a baby.
Who teaches You?
You always give the best of yourself to see your kids at the top
You are the best manager ever,
You try to handle what little you have to satisfy everyone from your house.
You are the best consoler because
You never tolerate any tear on your babies' cheeks
The best doctor who detects why kids are crying and know what they want, why they are sad and make them happy
And when they are happy you rejoice with them.
Which university did you attend to learn this?
 
You are so kind till you forget yourself, but you remember
All your babies' birthdays and surprise them,
You always sleep late after seeing everything is good and...
Wake up very early to prepare breakfast before others get up
You are a great leader, that's why
You are irreplaceable in families
A great and amazing singer, nooo...
No matter the bad voice you have
But you always make your kids happy and sleep unknowingly
Because you are awesome, special and unique.
See how much you are strong,
Don't hide yourself but do something
That will awake the whole world
Because you are the strongest woman!
 
Amani, University student in Burundi

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We All Empower

A woman is a human being
We are dreaming, leading, and believing.
Our lives are like a journey, we jump loops, like we’re in a hurry
But not many people believe we are worthy.
A woman takes a stand and we walk together hand in hand.
All women are equal and we come together as one
And we should stick together in the long run.
Women are powerful, no matter what race, and we all go
At our own pace.
Ladies need to know that they are awesome, we flawsome
 Just like a cherry blossom.
Our mind is elegant and our bodies shine with many elements.
We are as strong as an eagle soaring through the sky,
And just remember this is not goodbye.   
 
Kathleen, Avery, and Barissa, students at
The School for Entrepreneurship & Technology, San Diego

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