Di Baladna (Our Land), by Emtithal Mahmoud
As a former refugee from Sudan, Emi is well aware of the over-lapping vulnerabilities affecting people in many regions around the world.
In her poem, her 11-year-old self watches as her neighbour’s home crumbles into flood waters in a country “already locked in turmoil”.
“People are seldom vulnerable in only one way,” she points out. “It’s really important to recognize that a lot of places that are hit by conflict, are hit just as hard by climate change.”
Emi performed her poem at COP26 on November 8, hoping to bring the often-marginalized voices of refugees into the discussions.
“In the end, if a flood is coming, or a hurricane, we’re all equal,” she says. “We should be discussing this equally and affecting change in a way that includes everyone.”
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