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The Begging Gangs of Pakistan

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

A young man tells
of his daughter
kidnapped by gangs:

“They kidnap children
and cut off their arms or feet,
sometimes a leg,
and set them
in front of mosques so people
will drop coins in front of them.

“They place them throughout the city
and kidnap many children.

“Our daughter had escaped.
They pulled all her hair out.
She is always terrified.

“I used to think the Devil
was outside of us….
but we are the Devil.

“Humankind is the Devil.”

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