The Guardian October 29, 2003


Siev X Anniversary

I journeyed out to sea in my mind last night and I wondered...
I wondered if humans are worth as much as animals
I wondered if people could feel the emotion of the cage
I wondered, if we had come here as unwanted livestock, if there 
had been just one sheep on the Siev X, would people see the truth 
about asylum seekers?

I wondered if they could imagine children as lambs,
would they then shed tears?

If only the press had cared as much for them as those sheep...
I wish we had been born sheep instead of scapegoats
I wish it was not better to be a dumb animal than to be human here.

by an Afghan refugee

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