Written By Chidum Vitus
Mother told me Ala died this morning, her voice cracking as she wept.
Ala had died of asphyxiation– autopsy revealed.
She was murdered while she slept,
and her body, wrapped away in a plastic grave.
“Before her was Ikuku…”
Mother trailed off staring into space, .
my fair weather Uncle, Mother’s beloved brother.
He too was murdered, in the most cruel way!
His lungs cloaked with fumes and smoke and noise.
They tortured him to insanity– till he could bear it no longer.
“Why? ” Mother had asked hysterically.
“Why are they doing this to us?
I fed them, I clothed them, I sheltered them, ” she wept,
“they are a so, so ungrateful bunch, Why? ”
“I am scared too, Mother,” I cried,
“They are ‘Oil-boarding’ Oshimmiri, she is drowning in oil
and there is nobody willing to help her!”
“Mother, I am scared,
will they come for me too?”
Ala – The Earth
Ikuku – The Wind
Oshimmiri – The Ocean