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Kenya, November 2016: Tiny stories

By Ngugi wa Thiong'o

I want my child to eat well
I want my child to dress well
I want my child to sleep well
I want my child free of illnesses
And ravages of wars and hatred
I want my child to dream dreams of a future
Of earth and air and water without pollution
I want my child secure in their body and mind
And for them to know that with hands linked
With all the other multicolored children of the earth
They can make new heaven on a new earth
Haven for all the children of the earth


About Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong'o from Kenya is a novelist and theorist of post-colonial literature and Distinguished Professor of the Departments of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children's literature.  

About Tiny Stories

To commemorate the 2016 Universal Children's Day (20 November) and celebrate UNICEF's anniversary, authors from around the world were challenged to each compose a tiny story—seven lines long—addressing the theme, “What I want for every child.” The Tiny Stories, written by renowned authors, including Paulo Coelho, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Christina Lamb, Nuruddin Farah and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, are small in word count, but rich in emotion and beauty.

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