ABDUCTED BY REBELS & CHARGED BY GOVERNMENT

Abducted a child?

Imagine

At 9 years of age,

A pure villager,

Innocent to the marrow.

My childhood destroyed

Abducted a child?

Imagine it’’s your

Child,

Your own children.

Yes

Your children,

Those 

In the

Sitting room, bedroom

Schools, farms, businesses

Swimming pools,  etc.

Abducted a child?

Forced into barbaric 

Acts

Against my innocence,

Faith and will

Because

Government security “lapsed”

On me?

Alone I wasn’’t.

This world of children was like stars

At night in the dry seasons

Of our far villages.

I vividly remember

Even Kwoyelo, Torom, Toolit, Kumakeck, Adong

Aca, Odhiambo, Otti, Otema, Bungamoi, Otto

Adokocan, Anyek, Olara, Kilak Podur.

All the children of my village

Seem to have been

Assembled

Here!

Eeh! Eeeh!

The whole world is here?

My education?

My parents?

My archbishop?

My  catechists?

My sheik friend?

My Cassava tree?

My future?

Through

Unknown valleys,

Hills, streams, thick bushes

Wild games

Still, we crossed

Loaded with heavy loots

Behind our

Failing heads and backs.

Survival for survival

Under watchful

Deadly bloodshot

Eyes and guides.

Death

Everywhere,

Every second.

Danger smells,

Verocious danger.

What was wrong?

I did not know why.

Bomb, bombs

Betrayal by whom?

Oh my God!

Everyone died, everyone killed,

Everyday abductions,

Fire at night,

Fire by day,

No rest.

But abducted a child?

What crime

Of my own?

Was my life

A sacrifice for other “correct” children’s

Parents to prosper?

Or

My presumed forefathers’

Backwardness,

Must I pay?

Orders were obeyed

Just to live!

Oh my God!

I fear no one!

I must survive!

Sad as it sounds

I do not want

To die

Like others.

Was my birth a crime?

Is my tribe a crime?

My skin textures a crime?

Were my fore parents a crime?

Is my time a crime?

Or

My ancestral natural endowment

The crime?

   Why must this happen

To me?

Not Others?

All this time?

‘Til when?

Why, why,  why?

What is innocence?

What is its ultimate price?

Abducted a child?

My late father’’s friends

In the west

Eeh!

Their children have made it!

Most have children,

Grandchildren, in expensive

 International Schools,

Graduated,

Masters,

Eeeh?

Even PhDs?

They have been fixed

To

Ideal jobs,

Real international

Investments,

Real wealth,

Forever.

For them

Life is heaven on earth.

They live a first world life

Their security and welfare

Is 24 / 7

Assured.

With us?

The over

40,000 abducted

Conscripted to child soldiery?

Oh!

Abducted a child?

Rape, murder, abduction,

Conquest, defeat, survival

Tears, blood, love,

Coordination,  errors, precision,

Hope, doubts,  renewals,

Beckon of peace.

All is a mirage nearer

I saw.

God where are you?

Abducted a child?

Clocked an adult,

Still in captivity?

But now an adult?

Promotions we earned.

Reason redefines existence.

Talks, talks.

Peace, security,  land

Rights,

Equality,

Democracy,

Term limits,

Ideals,

We fought for.

If not

The Commanders

Told us

My community targeted

By government!

They came to ravage,

Finish us all,

Take our humanity.

See,  what

Don’’t you see?

Abducted a child?

We saw!

We fought!

Oh God

Opened

An opportunity,

Surrendered and rescued

By UN

Into government “safety”!

They handed me over

On this day

To remember!

Freedom has dawned

At last!

Abducted returnee

In “safety”!

Hurrah!  Hurrah!

Paradoxically,

Returnees’ “safety”

Promises lost directions,

Government lapsed

Security,

U-Turns…

Charges the  Abducted child!

As price for survival?

A banquet of charges?

Against abducted

Returnees?

Treason, ICC

Charges, etc?

God, unfold

Concealment of Truths!

Is a lamp brought

To be put under a basket?

Or

Under a bed?

Is it not to be set

High

On a lampstand?

On the roof top?

Humanity help me

Understand my wrongs.

Humanity be the just judge.

Who is in the wrong?

Abducted child or

Government?

Who bears the original sin?

The Cause of abduction?

The lapse causing

The abductions?

The consequences

Of abductions

Is the multiplier

Of the lapse

In our

Security.

The Original Sin?

Absence of our security,

Whose responsibility?

The abductees

Or

Government?

Face Truth!

Accept responsibility!

Say truth,

Remain free.

Abducted a child?

Reconcile,

Fundamentals,

Child protection,

Human rights and  justice,

Child’s fundamentals.

Humble your ego

To a  mighty sense of truth,

People’’s voices

Of reason.

We children must live,

Like your children live,

With our loving parents and

Guardians

In freedom, security

And

Equal welfare,

Sure of tomorrow.

My childhood innocence destroyed,

Now my adult prospects

Massacred

On the cross of

Government denials?

Hypocrisy?

At age 9

Who was in charge of my

Security?

Rebels or government?

Who then is to be charged for my abduction?

Me, a returnee or

Government?

Oh,

Concealment of  truth and justice

 Truth and justice

At the peril

Of an abducted a child?

Truth be told

And

Almighty sanity,

God of Life

Will lift our destiny

To reconciliation

And

Healing

A day to come!

Abducted a child?

Rescued an adult?

Let my people FREE!

Let me free!

Let life discriminate

None,

Disturb

None

Or

Else the price

Of freedom

Doubles persecution

To the innocent.

Abducted by rebels?

And

Charged by

 Government?

Stop

Double persecution!

Imagine

The generational loss

To family, community,

And

 Society?

Abducted a child?

Rescued an adult?

Charged by

Government?

What is the agenda?

Stop provoking

Humanity.

The lion is wounded,

Let the cubs free now.

Was it a request?

For it’’s your

Responsibility

As government

Bestowed

By the country’’s

Constitution

  To provide

Nationwide security to

All.

Every child is born

Like any other.

Equality for all,

With rights to live

And prosper

Like yours,

 In power!

Anything less

A coup d’etat

On the

Constitution.

Born right,

Abducted by rebels,

Rescued to “freedom”,

Charged by

 Government?

For original sin

Of

Government

 Security lapse

   Just on us?

Against Innocent

Children?

No more bondage!

 Mato Oput for

Everyone,

Rebel’s,

Returnees, and

Government!

Mato Oput,

A recipe

For

Everlasting

Peace.

The genesis,

Truth and reconciliation,

Posterity for all.

We forgive you all

It’’s our lives you

Destroyed.

We survived to forgive

You all.

Forgiveness overthrows

Disunity,

Forges

Equality,

Guarantees posterity for all.

Hidden hatred,

Passionate conquest

A fool’s dream.

We,  the wronged

Generation,

Survived by God’s

Mercy.

  The invisible generation

Demand sanity,

Truth,

Justice,

Equality,

Reparations,

Education,

Family.

Ideals enshrined

For

Human enhancement

Globally,

Including

My society,

Guaranteed by the Constitution

In tandem

With the UN TREATIES

In word and deed!

The Jew,

To date,

Hunts everywhere

For justice

Against

Adolf Hitler’s

And

Henchmen,

Genocide,

And

Concentration camps.

Inhumanity

For the Jews.

Never Again!

Humanity against humanity

To unfold.

My generation shortly

Will be empowered.

Never take

Our experience

For granted.

Humanity against humanity?

When dialogue kills

No one?

Now is ours,

Tomorrow is ours,

For posterity,

For humanity,

For perpetual good.

My life is a right

My freedom is your

Freedom.

What you give not

You have not.

Your Peace

Is absent

When

I am peaceless.

Abducted a child?

My childhood

You

Destroyed!

Know it,

You are empty,

Defenseless,

Because you

Abuse power!

Oh!

Abducted a child?

We are not expendable subjects,

Not biological

Substance.

We are the Cradle

Of Civilization.

Your freedom will never

Be sacrificed

On my freedom

Like in the past

Against my existence

And

People’s

 Equality for all.

Equality, equality

In all facets of life.

Oh!

Abducted by rebels?

Charged by government?

Persuaded home

A trap?

I regret,

And

Live

To

Fight

To

Absolute

Freedom!

Abducted a child?

Charged by government?

Double persecution?

To favor whom?

“Whoever causes the

Upright

To go astray in an evil

Way,

He himself will fall into

His own pit,

But the blameless will

Inherit well”.

Prov 28:10

““Then the righteous will

Shine forth as

The Sun

In the Kingdom

Of their

Father.

He who has ears

To hear

Let him hear”.”

Matthew 13:43

Abducted by rebels?

Returned to “freedom”

And

Charged by

Government?

Then where is the safety,

Innocence

Of

A child abducted?

Of freedom?

Born to live,

Grow to full maturity,

Contribute patriotically,

To value extensions

And

Higher development,

Peaceful

Universe.

Retire amongst

Rejuvenated, well informed,

Cultured youths

To

Happiness,  bliss.

But see power,

Greed,  perversions?

To

Live inclusively

Against

Universality

Costs and human

Implications?

Oblivious

Of

All greed is vanity,

A strive

Against

The

Wind…

Emptiness.

Abducted a child?

To whose advantage?

Matured in captivity

To whose advantage?

Rescued to ‘safety’

To whose advantage?

Charged by government

To whose advantage?

Is life senseless?

Are all

Returnees safe?

Again

What is the agenda

Here?

Final solutions

As we were warned?

Show us

The successful,

Tangible returnee,

Reintegration cases

Vs

The total children

And

Adults,

Returnees

Accounted for

And

Relative to their

Contemporaries

In

Normal Life.

Where is truth?

Where is justice?

Where is the

Universal good?

Are we born for extinction?

To let others live?

Is our identity targeted?

To achieve what?

In whose favor?

Survival for the

Fittest?

If you want peace

Prepare for war?

Abducted a child?

If our parents

Had

Prepared us children

For

Peace

They would have

Prepared us all

For

War.

In the name of life

We children

 Would not

Have been

Abducted children!

Tortured,

Massacred,

Raped,

Bombed,

Budgeted against.

Our parents cut into pieces,

Cooked

In pots.

Roasted,

Poisoned,

Encamped,

Depopulated,

Evicted

From

Ancestral Land,

Replaced by aliens

Called “investors”?

Without empathy?

Upon my grave?

  Because

We were not prepared?

Deprived?

Undignified?

Suffering?

Abducted a child?

Because 40,000+

Depopulated?

The world will be peaceful

When the abducted children,

Adults in captivity,

Returnees,

Are

Also

Peaceful

And

Dignified.

Enough of traitors!

Enough of class

Segregations!

Enough of double standards!

Enough of double persecutions!

Enough of genocides!

Stop planning

Against Children,

Against societies,

Against human beings.

The same

Can be true

Of  you and yours.

Sorry for Red Indians

Sorry for Aborigines

Sorry, sorry!

  We are none of those!

   Stop your extinction agenda!

We are,  you are

We miss,  you miss,

We are safe,  you are safe

We are at risk,  you are at risk.

Abducted a child?

Where were you?

Where were your

Children?

You plan, we plan,

Humanity for humanity,

Equality of rights

For ALL!

Stop the illusions,

Tribal extinction,

Or

Dynastic dominance

Is

Inhumane!

Humanity extinct, inhumanity.

Truth dissolves inhumanity.

Humanity for equality.

Oppressors,

Aggressors,

You live against

Our living

In agreements,

In practice.

Truth with us.

Good

Posterity flourishes

When society remains

Lethal against its

Aggressors,

Oppressors.

You spend billions

To destroy children

In captivity?

In safety?

Is

This world

For

all?

Equal?

Abducted a child?

You wish

Me

Away?

Just like that?

Stop, stop, stop

The bombings

In captivity!

We are

Hundreds of thousands!

The captors

Are

Just tens!

Who are you

Really destroying?

We must live!

Just imagine

These are

Your lovely

Children.

Do you continue

Bombing?

Massacring them?

We must live!

Peaceful dialogue

Never kills.

Every beginning

Has an

END.

Absolute victory

Is

A mirage.

Dialogue  brings

Solution.

To live

Is

Accommodation,

Listening,

Agreeing,

In diversity.

Abducted a child?

Returned to “safety?”

Even hiring kinsmen

To spy

And

Implicate

And

Annihilate

Returnees?

What evidence are you

Afraid of?

What evidence are you

Destroying?

What are you fearing?

At

Whose blood cost?

But that’ blood is of

Same umbilical cord.

Instead

It proves your

Original sin.

Genocide,

Annihilation,

Of my people.

Humanity,

 Do you appreciate

The length of war

Occasioned on

Our people?

War is your mind.

Stop

The thinking.

Think

Unity,

Equity,

Justice,

Prosperity,

For

All,

North,

South,

East, West!

Think

Genuine peace,

Love.

We,  the “contractions

” of life,

With our experience,

Are united to live

Against

Contractions of greed,

Against insensitivity

And

Its agents.

Abducted a child?

Spare your kinsmen

And

Country

From the tragedy

Imposed on us

By your childhood

Fantasy of

Dominance

At all costs!

We are in unison

To live and rightfully

Exercise our birthrights.

Abducted a child?

Correction of wrongs,

Aspirations,

Cultivation, exercise

Of

Humanity

For

Humanity,

Common universal

Prime good.

Abducted a child?

Never again.

Humanity against humanity.

Never again.

Genocide against humanity.

Dialogue never kills.

Abducted a child?

Abducted, escaped,

“Rescued”, charged

In blatant perversion

Of justice

And

Skewed

Leadership?

Betrayal!

On your leadership demise

You take nothing,

Not even your children,

Cohorts,

Wealth,

                                                                          In the name of security

For them,

But leave consequences

For all!

Pity to your families.

Pity to your henchmen.

Pity to your legacy.

Pity to time wasted.

Time is nigh.

Repent in Truth,

Reconciliation,

Forgiveness.

Equity

For

ALL!

Collectively,

Let u’s set

Posterity for all,

Inclusiveness;

We are one

Blood!

Really abducted physically,

Spiritually liberated,

To redirect

Human wrongs to

Equitable corrections

For

Humanity

And

Posterity.

Abducted by rebels?

Forcefully indoctrinated

To Command Officers’

Training from HELL!

Abducted a child?

Defiled into pregnancies,

  Matured in captivity,

Mothered  captivity children,

Lost a couple to gunships.

The jungle harvests my five

Children to be committed to rebel ranks,

Born to Rebel State?

Whose original sin?

Survival without

A choice?

Abducted a child?

Birthrights are not

Granted by

State!

Birthrights are

Human rights,

Neither

Added

Or

Subtracted,

Only

ENFORCED.

Where is mine?

My return and existence

Is a birthright

Defended by life

Against

Tyrannies’.

Abducted by rebels?

At 9 years,

Rescued to “safety”,

Charged by

Government.

Who of them

Does not fathom my rightful

Existence?

 They are known by

Their fruits,

Persistent actions.

I have

Sent the

 Messages

To tens of thousands

Of children turned

Adults

In captivity.

They must learn

From my

Reception

Here.

Abducted a child?

Double persecuted?

What next?

Defend our rights

To freedom,

To reparations,

To settlements.

At home

Integrations,

Education

By

Affirmative actions

To Truth,

To reconciliations,

Forgiveness,

To full Life

Equal

To

Others.

Those who have ears

Let them

Hear!

““Teacher do you

Not care that

We are perishing?”

The God in us,

Who allowed our

Birth

And

Survival

This far,

Has spoken

“Peace, be still”

And

A calm, greater

Than the heinous

Plans, prevails!

Imagine your children,

Imagine their future.

Imagine when they

Meet us.

Look at our scars.

Look at their beauty,

Glamour.

What experience

Will we

Share?

   How will we see

Each other

Face to face?

How shall we explain?

The contradictions?

What shall they explain

On behalf of their

Parents?

Whose parents

Wronged the other’s?

Who i’s responsible?

For

Our plight?

Our inequalities?

Double

Disadvantages?

Or

Are we all children

Equally vulnerable

To the status quo?

Abduction theatres?

Scars of an abducted child?

Do we carry on with our

Parents wrong agendas?

What is the future for

Us?

And

Living peacefully with them?

The secured

Generation?

 Do we walk together

Now

In equality

Or

Continue in inequalities?

The healing starts

With accepting

The Truth

And

Shared responsibilities.

This will set

Our conscious

And

All of

Humanity’s

Energy

Free

For

Good!

Abducted by rebels?

Brainwashed to kill?

Rescued to ‘safety’ and ‘freedom’

And

And then a  U-turn?

Charged by

Government?

Government that failed

Security for me?

Shamelessly over 40,000+!

Judicial truism.

Who is to face the law

In the ICC?

Against

The original sin?

Hitler

Could not save the world,

The rainbow of nations

Had to.

Abducted by rebels?

Charged by

Government?

Where will our

Freedom finally come

From?

Freedom

By international good

And

Support?

 Survival,  

Triumph,

Hitlerism,

Life indomitable.

This is the HOPE,

The hope of the post-war

Children!

Dialogue never kills.

Observe birthrights,

Human rights,

Child’s rights,

Freedom,

Security.

Education and

Development

To

All

‘Abducted’

And

‘Returnees’,

ALL IN

EQUITY!

Charles Oscar Akena. October 06, 2012, 

Gulu, Uganda

This poem, ABDUCTED BY REBELS AND CHARGED BY GOVERNMENT,  is written in memory of the children of the world who relied on government security for their safety, but their security from their government failed them.   Their lives were taken, stolen.  Their families were brutally murdered, frequently in front of their eyes.  Some were forced to bury their parent’s chopped bodies.  They were raised on drugs and on  exposure to tortures and bloody murders.  They were desensitized to these crimes and knew no other way to live.  Their minds were stolen. Their dreams, their dignity, their honor, all stripped away.  They had no choice. They had to survive.  Promises by society and government, to protect and allow them to live by the letter, were broken.  Where lies the blame for their condition?  With whom lies the responsibility for these atrocities committed against them and against society?  These children are still being called by radio messages to return to their homes, (many are still in the bush with Joseph Kony in the Democratic Republic of Congo) yet, when they return they are being charged by the ICC for the heinous crimes they were forced, since early childhood, to commit for their survival.  The Acholi want the charges dropped and the children and adults rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.   They prefer to use their own Acholi tribal ceremony of Mato Oput to settle the issue and to forgive on both sides of the issue.  That would bring forgiveness to the rebel returnees and the failed government and its army.   They believe it would be a breakthrough for the healing of their children, their culture, and their land.

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