The ICC Witness Project


As Kenya’s president-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta, stands trial for crimes against humanity, Kenyan poets have come together to write poems from the perspective of some of the mysteriously missing witnesses.

The results are as captivating as they are heartrending. You can read more about the project—and many of the poems themselves—at The New Inquiry.

Here, as a preview, is one of the shorter poems:

I am sorry
for interrupting
the flow of
–Witness #24

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →