Poems of East Africa

Now toll the Bells

“Now Toll the Bells

Now toll the bells
that say we must part
one thing deep down I know
what forever becomes one
must thus forever remain.

Feelings tender and comely
Fill our hearts a brimful
and though the bells toll ceaselessly
heart beats of love drums on and on…

The weary heart of the mid-day sun
blazes fiercely on weary foreheads
travelers sigh, spitting dust
the journey is long,
but for home we long.

Mere words not carry
the moments
of hearts contented, exalted, delighted .
So to say gratitude for it all
Falls for below par
now toll the bells…”

This poem is from Kenya. It expresses the wedding bell, toll bells. Excitement rushes through the author from the love and happiness he has for the day. Forever they will remember each other, this poem tells love between a couple and how they are departing.


The drums beat symbolizes the heart beat of someone in love. They have a journey ahead that is bringing great things for them. They part with gratitude, and not forge each other they will love.


On a clouded moon

“The sky painted in dark misty blue

Heavy hearts, echoes in the dark

Chatters and wails embraces the


Now we wait, for questions in regards to

what happened?

What did we do wrong?

What infact did we not do?


A harvest of tears, folded hands

A forced laughter from the back

Head on head, an inevitable collision

It was time, nobody could stop it

A bullet to the heart, a missed call

Its now a clouded moon with little light



We are lost on how the world works

Blurred is our judgement

Is it our time or its His time

We are just mere puppets

We brew in our anger , for we dont know

what happens next

Curiosity is what drives us to travel that sad



The knowledge of what happens next kills us

We want to know, but our ignorance

ambushes us.

Forever we will remain in the dark

For the good Lord forgot to share some of

the secrets of life

So its forever a clouded moon hanging on

top of our heads.”


Written by Tawona Ranganawa


This poem symbolizes death. Why can’t we see death coming? Death will always come for every human being. And our friends and family will suffer from our death. Tears cover your eyes and you try to laugh to make everything better but it doesn’t come out.  No one can stop death! When someone dies everything is sad and the sky goes a little dark.

In this poem it says curiosity kills us. Maybe you can die for trying to od something dangerous because you are curious. You never know! And forever you will mourn that person, even if you overcome that he passed away when you remember them you will be devastated.



Madagascar rainforests: at home with the lemurs

The silky sifaka is not only one of the world’s most beautiful creatures; it is also among the rarest: fewer than 2,000 survive, all around Marojejy national park. Then they declared it Madagascar greatest treasure and closed it. Later they found that people still entered and the deforestation started hitting the place. They are trying to save not only the place but the lemurs that live there. Sadly this is impossible due to the tourists that keep come and explore the nature and the exploit it.

This makes me sad. We are destroying our environment with all the deforestation and contamination we are causing. It not only affects the animals, if you see it clearly it affects all the living things! Putting this place behind people guarding it I think can help stop deforestation. If it continues not only in Madagascar but in the entire we will die! 😦



Statoil successfully tests Tanzania well


 Norway’s Statoil successfully tested its Zafarani reservoir offshore Tanzania in a key step for offshore development and onshore LNG production. Statoil has 65 percent of the license while ExxonMobil holds the remaining 35 percent.


I didn’t knew it was a company of gas and oil. I am glad they have found something good in Tanzania.  Statoil it’s a great company. 🙂


Ethiopian Pilot 

An airplane was hijacked by an Ethiopian man called Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn. Who is the co-pilot; he locks the pilot of the plane in the bathroom. Then he starts his mission of taking control of the plane. The 202 passengers never knew what was going on with the plane but they were very scared when the plane started diving in the sky.  Hailemedehin had been working in the company for 5 years and had no criminal record until now. The main reason he did that was because he said he wasn’t safe in his country and he needed asylum. Because Switzerland has no contact with Ethiopia, he decided to land in there and ask asylum. Switzerland is researching and hasn’t come up yet with an answer.

This article gives me creeps. I can’t imagine what I could have done in that situation. I am so relieved that he didn’t hurt any of the passengers aboard. His main reason for stealing the control of the plane is still silly to me, why has his country done to him. I would agree if they put him in jail for taking the plane and land it without permission. A thing that amazes me is that how the Airline couldn’t control this! Hope you liked my opinion!

Al-Shabab attacks Somali presidential palace

This group knows because it has a link to Al-Qaeda. They have destroyed the heavy-fortified Somalia presidential palace. It blasted through the gate it was a car bomb. Palace guards started a fierce gun battle that leave 14 people dead. The government believes Al-Shabab did this to gain more media attention, and to show them that they are going to win. They have been attacking the capital with a lot of suicide bombs. They brought cars armed, one was the bomb and the others were armed to fire. UN is hoping Somalia can rise.

Somalia really needs helps! The violence there is horrible. People live in fear, and I think they had enough. Countries around them should do something to help them. It’s sad when a person died when this attacks happens. Maybe he/she was just passing by to meet someone and got killed. Poor people they need a change! I will pray for Somalia’s recovery hope you do too. 🙂

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Part B: Somalia

Things we are going to compare:





Life expectancy

Life expectancy in Somalia:

  • Male: 47.7
  • Female: 52


Total expectancy is 49.8; it gives the ranking 189 in the entire world.

Life expectancy in Guatemala:

  • Male: 65.8
  • Female: 72.8

Total life expectancy is 119; it gives the ranking 119 in the entire world.



Infant Mortality Rate


  • Total: 101.91 deaths/1,000 live births.
  • Male: 110.74 deaths/1,000 live births.
  • Female: 92.82 deaths/1,000 live births.

  • Total: 24.32 deaths/1,000 live births.
  •  Male: 26.44 deaths/1,000 live births.
  • Female: 22.09 deaths/1,000 live births.
Unemployment rate



Birth Rate

43.3 births/1,000 population

25.99 births/1,000 population

Electricity Usage

293 million kWh

8.161 billion kWh


Oil Usage





917 million USD

50.81 billion USD

Cost of healthcare



Class division

  • Lower class
  • Middle class
  • High class
  • Lower class
  • Middle class
  • High class