“Pain, pain, pain and sorrow
There is an animal
The animal that bites and takes away the lives of people
It gets into our lives and leaves us with pain and tears
How heartless it is!
My children are crying
Crying for help
Their tears are flowing
Flowing like a river flows
Flowing on a mountain
But how they have ran out of tears
Still their hearts keep on getting broken
Time and time again
We are in a cave
A cave which is dark
Strong cold, like the night of Halloween
Still no one can hear us
Our hearts are burning
Burning like they are in a volcano
All left now is our ashes
Oh God, when will they find the weapon for this animal?
Oh, when will we get a rest?
Can’t you see the pain is burying in our hearts
Truly this burden is heavy”
– Samantha Sefa
These powerful words are those of a girl only in secondary school, a courageous young woman speaking out and standing up in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Written by Samatha Sefa, this poem is one of many beautiful pieces of written work done by Students Against Rape (SAR) club members around Maun. Whether it’s a short story, poem or spoken word, they all have a common goal; they all aim to bring light and awareness to these darker issues of our society.
It has been for more than ten years now that WoMen Against Rape (WAR) has been striving to influence the lives of student leaders, such as Samantha, through Students Against Rape (SAR) clubs. Currently running in over a dozen schools around Maun, SAR clubs have been able to reach hundreds of youths since establishment, and continue to make an impact on their lives, translating right back into the community. Although a focus is placed on engaging these youth on significant issues such as rape and abuse, SAR also makes it a priority to help the youth develop essential skills, such as critical thinking, public speaking and creative writing, as showcased through this poem. Being such a multi-faceted initiative, SAR plays an immense role within this younger generation, making it such important work. After all, this is the generation that is the future of tomorrow.