Thembelihle Zungu


Foreigner In My Own Country


Sitting down foreign words eco inside my head
white mans language I write, I read and I speak
on my ancestors land I walk but foreign hero's I see
I know not the history of my people
but listen to tales of foreign past

Submitted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Written on June 16 2013.On June 16 1976 school children marched on the streets of Soweto to protest against being thought and forced to communicate in Afrikaans. So on this day of every year the youth of South Africa are celebrated. Yet now more then ever South Africa's youth are unable to read or write they mother tongue so the oppressive chains left by apartheid are now stronger than ever.

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