“The signs that children will bear the scars of the pandemic for years to come are unmistakable.” Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director
They have been silent bystanders of the pandemic
Watching their world upended, parents and grandparents getting sick
Not fully understanding what’s going on
Without articulating, they feel something is wrong
They have been banished from playing outside
Bewildered, they watch stressed adults, wide-eyed
The fear that pervades their home atmosphere
Leaches out to them, unspoken thoughts they do hear
Some are merely bored, glued to their screens
Others have faced horrors of abuse, unseen
Frustrations and fury of adults has at times culminated
In physical violence, its magnitude likely underestimated..
Food insecurity, isolation and lack of play
Are affecting millions of children today
Though the virus has largely spared them, other issues have proliferated
In this crisis the focus on our future generation has deteriorated..
I fervently hope children’s innate resilience would allow
Them to emerge from the pandemic unscathed somehow
Let’s hug our children a little tighter each day
Now and when COVID finally goes away..