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A poem in solidarity with Kainat Soomro - a victim of frayed justice

Kainat Soomro was violently gang-raped by four men in the rural village of Dadu in southern Pakistan in 2009 when she was 13 years-of-age. As typically happens in Pakistan, rather than rush to the young girl's defence the village elders decreed that she had brought shame upon the village and ordered her family to kill her.

I wrote this poem in response to the publiched recently article i've read in

Frayed Justice (A poem for Kainat Soomro)

Airyn Lentija Sloan

In this ebbing world
how much courage
you'll need
to survive?

Our question
to the unknown

If by chance
you noticed her glance
will you digest the stress...
the despondency...

upon her cheeks they tarry...

perhaps, dust that filth in your eyes
that you might see
her scalded marrow...
the lasting torment of that instance...

her innocence stripped with mud
an unending asylum
where light is trapped
within tearing seconds...

her lifelong demons
eat her nerves
piece by piece
within that mental arena
without escape

they gang-raped

And after bleeding her wound
she was called
for the world to understand
"Black Virgin"

they labeled

Yes, they pushed her under,
from the delicate mortal
that she is...

for what account...
for what misdeed...

a sister?
a family?
a friend?

a suffering victim
fraying for justice,
praying for inner peace

What life is there to live
for such a shattered soul...

another call out to the unknown.


Vega Tom's picture


Airyn -

Thank you for sharing this powerful, poignant and moving poem. It's a strangely beautiful (given the subject) and connecting form to convey something of such pain and injustice.


Airyn Lentija's picture

Thank u

Hi Vega,

Thank you so much for reading. I'm glad to help voicing out the the cries of the hearts of the victims through my poetry. The article about Kainat really touched my heart.

Airyn Lentija-Sloan

pelamutunzi's picture

thank you

thank you for sharing. this poem moved me and thank you for engraving her story in our herats. i pray for justice for all the girls going through such dehumanisation

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.

Airyn Lentija's picture

Dear Pelamutunzi, After

Dear Pelamutunzi,

After writing the first line of this poem, I was hoping that in this little way I can help this girl tell others of her pain. Perhaps people might help her, if not through legal actions but at least with prayers. I am so glad that I've touched your heart. God bless


Airyn Lentija-Sloan

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