We Must Act Now

(For the missing persons and their families)

The photo of an adolescent is on the front page of the newspaper.
Another report about a missing student is on the television.
Have you seen any of these persons?
Do you have any knowledge of their whereabouts?
Who is responsible for the strange disappearance of these children?
And whom should we blame for this cruel game?

Babies and teenage girls are primary targets of kidnappers.
Unfortunately, nobody is safe to go anywhere.
Some persons have been reported missing since last week,
Others were last seen about a month ago.
Where have the inhumane abductors taken them?
Will we ever find our loved ones alive?
Something must be done about this rotten state of affairs.
We must act now before the situation gets completely out of hand.

Kidnappers neither have a sense of shame nor love for humanity.
It seems that all of them are insane individuals.
Someone snatched a woman’s only child from her house today.
And the same thing could happen to your baby tomorrow.
Impecunious persons cannot finance human trafficking.
So who are the perpetrators and the kingpins?
How many dignitaries and dirty cops are on the kidnappers’ payrolls?

This felonious activity has gone much too far.
Together we can successfully root out human trafficking.
I call on the politicians, the security forces, and the civilians.
Everybody stand up for morality and build solidarity.
Let us unity and protect our families and neighbours.
Safeguard the vulnerable children for the future.
And ensure the comfort and freedom of all humankind.

I see the pitiful state of bereaved mothers who are mourning.
I understand the effects of trauma and I feel the anguish.
And I know the anger and distress of worried fathers.
The loss of a child in such a shocking manner is too painful to bear.
It is our duty to be vigilant for signs of suspicious activities.
We must put an end to this absolute insanity now.

Empathy for the frightened souls overwhelms me.
My heart cries with compassion for the victims of sexual assault.
We cannot continue along this destructive path.
Intensify the search for the innocent ones.
We must act now to prevent another child from suffering.
Do whatever it takes to save the children before it is too late.
Help us to find the missing persons and bring them home.

This poem is about: 
My country
Our world


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