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K’naan - Fatima

This song is so beautiful and sad. 

I fell in love with my neighbor’s daughter
I wanted to protect and support her
Nevermind I’m just 12 and a quarter
I had dreams beyond our border

Is it true when they say all you need is just love? (Is it true?)
What about those who have loved,
only to find that it’s taken away?

And why do they say that the children have rights to be free? 
What about those who I’ve known,
whose memory still lives inside of me?

what did the young man say,
before he stole you away,
on that fateful day? 

did he know your name,
or the plans we made

She spoke Arabic and Swahili,
She’d say “Upendo, Anta Habibi.”
You so bright, you shine like my TV,
then one day, she never came to meet me

If beauty was in the eyes of beholder,
how come everyone hushed when she walked by?
How come girls would look just to scold her?
How come the angel wanted to hold her?

Fatima, Fatima,
I’m in America,
I make rhymes and I make em delicate,
You would have liked the parks in Connecticut,
You would have said I’m working too hard again.

Damn you shooter, damn you the building,
Whose walls hid the blood she was spillin’?
Damn you country, so good at killin’
damn you feelin’ for persevering.


quimmiq is the inuktituk word for the canadian eskimo dog (canis familiaris borealis), which after four thousands years in canada’s arctic faces imminent extinction, in large part due to a policy of eradication by the royal canadian mounted police meant to force the inuit into government settlement. brian ladoon, whose dogs we see here near churchill, manitoba, has been breeding quimmiq for over forty years and is largely responsible with maintaining the species.

so it was with much trepidation that brian noticed a group of polar bears, who eat quimmiq, approaching his dogs one day in 1992. though most of his dogs became quite defensive, one of them playfully ventured up to a polar bear and the two got on like old firends. every year since, the polar bears will stop by ladoon’s place to play with the dogs on their way to the newly iced over hudson bay.

these photos were taken by famed arctic photographer norbert rosing, who just happened to be with brian on that day in 1992. the canadian eskimo dog is still on the verge of extinction, with estimates of three hundred or less left. "the last dogs of winter" is a 2011 documentary on brian ladoon’s efforts

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