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In the poem , 'The child who was shot dead by soldiers in Nyanga', Ingrid Jonker describes how children cannot escape from the actions that take place in their society. Even institutions set up to protect children cannot operate outside of the forces in society - whether they are forces of good or evil.

The child who was shot dead by soldiers in Nyanga

Ingrid Jonker, Black Butterflies: Selected poems.2007. Human & Rousseau. Cape Town, Pretoria, SA

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The child is the dark shadow of the soldiers
on guard with rifles Saracens and batons
the child is present at all assemblies and law-givings
the child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
this child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
the child grown to a man treks through all Africa

the child grown into a giant journeys through the whole world
Without a pass

*Ingrid Jonker, Black Butterflies: Selected poems.2007. Human & Rousseau. Cape Town, Pretoria, SA