Kapicam Now a Place for the Dead


Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service

Poem inspired by the mass graves in Turkey after a 7.8 earthquake devastated parts of Turkey and Syria on 6 Feb 2023.

The parting day, weeping and gnashing.

Searching for bodies, heads or bones.
Weeping with deep moans.
There’s no grave stones in Kapicam
Once a peaceful village now transformed into a place of the dead.
Deafening screaming tones.
There is pain in losing, nothing one can master.
This earthquake caused so much disaster.

For fifty thousand lives
And still counting
Families gasping trying to find the dead
Only tears, trauma
They are given numbers
And no tombstone to rest their head!
Nothing else to identify them.
They search in vain.
Tears fall like drops of rain.

Sadly, the rubble
Has caused the deaths to double.
So many souls and countless others.
May GOD comfort the families
May those find rest
Find comfort that God chooses the best.


Dr Usha Roopnarain – Former parliamentarian in the National Assembly of South Africa, social activist and passionate about human rights and gender equality.

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