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Refugees or the Disavowed? / ¿Refugiados o Repudiadios?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

A poem by Alberto Grajales García


Refugees or the Disavowed?


Someone asked the question:

Who are the refugees?


I still have not found an exact definition

I try to understand, they could be:


ignored survivors, transient beings with no destination,

wandering peasants with no land or plow,

stoic widows with dry eyes from so much crying,

children with adult baggage matured in adversity,

helpless citizens fleeing from a war

to preserve life…a primary and essential good,

disappointed youth seeking a better future

that do not accept weapons as their occupation

families plundered from their goods,

from their children and their serenity,

persecuted for their free conscience, for their free expression,

eternal victims of all the conflicts

that destroy countries since before we can remember

history repeated, cyclical violence,


Could that be them, maybe?


Foreign outsiders in intolerant societies

Rejected and stigmatized,

Food for hungry wolves

Easy targets for migration authorities

Disgustingly corrupt, that place traps

Or invent faults to extract money

Or pressure women demanding a sexual favor.


Sometimes they can be people considered undesirable

by the politicians in turn that deny asylum or brand distrust with a burning iron to hide

The lack of coherent rules when it comes to asylum and refuge,

Victims also of insensitive bureaucrats

That process their requests with disdain and apathetic slowness


Could that be them, maybe?


Uncomfortable citizens invisible to their government

Almost never mentioned in their reports,

Sources of income for some organisations

That only see in them a source for enriching themselves.


Refugees are human beings that suffer

That are sometimes denied their dignity and to be seen by a part of society

as marginal beings and due to their precarity

must beg for help, for work…

one opportunity


The question remains open

Who are the refugees?


If someone knows the answer it’s necessary to say it

millions of people will thank you.



¿Refugiados o Repudiadios?


Alguien hizo esta pregunta:

¿Quiénes son los refugiados?


Todavía no encuentro su exacta definición

Yo intento comprender, ellos podrían ser:


supervivientes ignorados, trashumantes sin destino,

campesinos errantes sin tierra ni arado,

viudas estoicas de ojos áridos por tanto llorar,

niños con carga de adulto madurados en la adversidad,

ciudadanos indefensos huyendo de una guerra

para conservar la vida... un bien prioritario y esencial,

jóvenes decepcionados buscadores de un mejor futuro

que no aceptan las armas como único oficio,

familias expoliadas de sus bienes,

de sus hijos y de su tranquilidad,

perseguidos por su libre conciencia

por su libre expresión,

victimas eternizadas de todos los conflictos

que asuelan los países desde que tenemos memoria,

historia repetida violencia cíclica,


¿Serán tal vez?


extranjeros advenedizos en sociedades intolerantes

rechazados y estigmatizados,

pasto de lobos hambrientos

comida fácil para autoridades migratorias

asquerosamente corruptas, que ponen trabas

o se inventan faltas para extraer dinero

o presionar a las mujeres exigiendo un favor sexual.


A veces podrían ser personas consideradas indeseables

para los políticos de turno que niegan el asilo o marcan con el hierro candente

de la desconfianza para esconder

la falta de reglas coherentes en materia de asilo y refugio,

victimas también de burócratas insensibles

que tramitan sus solicitudes

con desdén y displicente lentitud.


¿Serán tal vez?


ciudadanos incómodos invisibles para su gobierno

que casi nunca son mencionados en sus informes,

fuente de ingresos para algunas organizaciones

que solo ven en ellos una fuente para lucrarse,


los refugiados son seres humanos que sufren

que a veces son degradados en su dignidad y

son vistos por una parte de la sociedad

como seres marginales y debido a su precariedad

deben mendigar una ayuda, un trabajo...

una oportunidad


La pregunta aún está abierta

¿Quiénes son los refugiados?


sí alguien sabe la respuesta es necesario decirlo

millones de personas se lo agradecerán.



Alberto Grajales García (born in Neira, Caldas, Colombia) is a narrator and poet with a strong interest in social dynamics. He started writing at an early age, and entered poetry as a teenager. Creating narratives has been taking over most of his literary work. In his novels, short stories and stories for children, the characters are part of Colombia's urban experience in recent decades. He has lived in Colombia, Chile and Ecuador, and currently lives in Canada. The experiences in feelings expressed in this poem are based on his personal experiences, and the reason for writing it is to share them with others.

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