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The Cotton Tree

The Cotton Tree

Baked by Mr. Sun
Beaten by Mrs. Rain
Spat upon by passersby
Spoken about in history books
I’m still here

Dressed by Grandpa Green
Dressed by Uncle Red
Dressed by Brother Combat
I’m still here

I ‘m Mama Salone
Servant of the nation
Full of strength and hope
I’m still here

Beneath me lies a fountain
A Fountain of Peace and Unity
Drink oh Nation
I’m still here

By Emmanuel Bryma MOMOH

About the author: Emmanuel Bryma Momoh has worked with the United Nations Mission in Liberia as Human Rights Officer for the past three years. In 2009, his humanitarian gestures in organizing a blood donation drive in Grand Gedeh County earned him Special Recommendation from the former United Nations Programme Manager, Olufemi Majekodunmi Olugbemi, which also echoes the feeling of the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj.

Back in Sierra Leone, Mr. Momoh worked for the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Sierra Lone for six years, before taking up the international appointment with the UN Mission in Liberia. In 2003, the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) adjudged his Poem contribution “Salone Pikin” to the National Vision For Sierra Leone in the Poem, Songs and Slogans categories. His creative input has become part of the National and Cultural Heritage that serve the cause for Peace and Unity in Sierra Leone.

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