A Poem By Alhaji Kamara (A S Kay)*
*Some of the lines in the above poem are in Krio an English based Creole language that is spoken throughout Sierra Leone. After the rebels burnt down parts of Kono people salvaged what was left. Some built shelter with zinc while others use local materials.
Tie we belt: to be determined, to work hard.
Win de fet: win the fight/succeed
Grase ose: grass house is a house that is roofed with long grass
Pan body: this is house built with roofing zinc Up-n-garet: a multi-storey house or tall building
My name is Alhaj Kamara I’m from the Kono District Sierra Leone.
I came to Swansea in 2003 to seek sanctuary from the civil war.
I’m currently living in Birmingham.
I have a degree in public services and PGCE in education
I write mainly about peace and love.
I also write to inspire people in a positive way.
In these tough times, I’ve been writing lots of poems.
©️ Alhaji Kamara (AS Kay) 2021