Child of Unknown Father

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In war time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, women were raped by gunmen in their hideouts. They got pregnancies that delivered fatherless children. Both the mother and the children suffer community discrimination.

Submitted: May 26, 2017

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Submitted: May 26, 2017



Child Of Unknown Father


Before the birth of fatherless children

Life was good, the land was peaceful

To the field we went happily

Children knew and played with fathers

Peace died because war was awful

To unlivable areas women fled unhappily


Fathers taken as war hostages

Evils of sickness, hunger and thirst we endured

In our hideouts, the worst of evils was war rape

Unknown gunmen made us impregnated

Fatherless children we delivered

Children of mothers they are


Community hates this for man decides

On him, mother and child depend

Wordless the mother is, and so the child becomes

Unhappily and unfreely the child grows

He cannot play with his unknown dad

So shame builds on him, as no father he has


We never decided to bear a child in impurity

Who will never be at harmony

And whose life and education are risky

For he is fatherless and family ignominy

Ultimately, mother and child need basic rights

For they both are victims of their innocence


Poem by Mugisho N Theophile

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