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5.03.02
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Transcript: Hard Facts - Simon's Poem
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Simon Wainyoke
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By Simon Wainyoke, Nairobi, Kenya

AIDS HAVE YOU NO MERCY?

AIDS, oh AIDS
The mention of your name
Scares me out of my skin.
Out of the darkness
You crept in and swept our continent.

From North to South
And from East to West
Thousand and thousand you have killed
Spare the beauty of our continent
Causing no meaning to life.
And yet you are not satisfied.
AIDS, do you have mercy?

AIDS, oh AIDs
Homes are bad full of grief
Children are orphans
Women are widows
Men are widowers
Why? Just because of Mr. Slim?

Scientist have gone to the moon
And made nuclear weapon and yet
You have defeated all.
AIDS, do you have mercy?

Brothers and sisters,
Friends and relatives and my loving parents
Lend me your ears and get this message right.
With a broken heart I am asking you,
Please, please be faithful to each other
This monster never sleeps
There is no cure for AIDS.

AIDS, do you have mercy
From North to South
Womens and mens let's join hands together
We can defeat AIDS.

Simon lives in the village of Thika, 45 minutes outside of Nairobi, Kenya. He has lost an uncle and three friends to AIDs. He's now a volunteer in his area, distributing free condoms. He has never been tested for H.I.V.


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