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by Pedus, Australia Jul 1, 2007
Culture , Human Rights   Poetry


They wave, smile, laugh and are happy
They are children, innocent and subjugated
They are suffering, yet smiling

They are used in farms and paid less
Exploited and abused with no help in sight
No one to turn to because of their vulnerabilities. Suffering yet smiling

Behind the smile is a sense of loss
Loss of childhood to hard labour
Loss of childhood to child labour
Suffering yet smiling

Behind the smile is a sense of desperation
Behind the smile is a sense of frustration
Behind the smile is a feeling of vulnerability
Suffering yet smiling

They are children, hopeless and helpless
The are the abused leaders of tomorrow
Even in their predicament, they smile
They are children, suffering yet smiling



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I was born in Nigeria and was educated in Nigeria, USA and Australia. I am the founder and president of Christina-Mae Recruitment Consortium Australia and the author of the book "When Things Go Wrong: Concepts of Change". I am also the co-founder of Child Aid Survival and Development International (CASDI). As a freelance journalist, I have contributed to a number of professional journals and newspapers, as well as worked in a number of e-journalism projects. I have traveled extensively and currently call Australia and the USA home with extensive involvement in African Human Rights issues.
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