This woman was asked to comment on the South Sudan refugee crisis. She responded with a poem.
When Emi Mahmoud was asked to comment on recent news — that the one-millionth South Sudanese refugee just crossed into Uganda to escape conflict, drought, and economic collapse — she decided to use her voice in a unique and powerful way.
The award-winning Sudanese-American slam poet, who was born in Darfur before seeking refuge in the U.S. and ultimately attending Yale University, released a new poem this week as a response. Called “Head Over Heels,” the poem speaks to the crisis’s latest harrowing milestone.