"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
Poem recalls a bond of shared concern
Sister Majella McCarron enjoyed a close friendship with Daily Ireland journalist Brian Campbell, who died suddenly on October 8.Their bond emerged out of their shared concern for the plight of the Ogoni people. The following poem was written by Sister McCarron in early 1996 in appreciation of Brian’s efforts to help raise awareness of the Ogoni struggle.Brian never saw the poem and this is the first time it has been published.Sister McCarron explained: “In those days after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa ten years ago and with few words and scarce presence, I sensed a great empathy in Brian Campbell.“I had worked with him on Ogoni articles for the world news page of An Phoblacht during the previous year. The following February, I wrote this poem in appreciation.“Brian did not see it. Its lines are simple and untutored but surround the title, which itself expresses my thanks.”
Warmth In The Wind
Harsh wounded landsStumbling in the stormI stand and lookIn horror At what’s gone on!
From way out thereA stranger comes To hold my handIn muted unison I understand What he’s done!
A quiet voiceSlowly calms the harmQuells the fear Dries the tearsFor what’s gone and done!