“What I am is not important, whether I live or die —
It is the same for me, the same for you.
What we do is important. This is what I have learnt.
It is not what we are but what we do,”
Says a child in exile, one of a family
Once happy in its size. Now there are four
Students of calamity, graduates of famine.
Those whom geography condemns to war.
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