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Unconscious This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Samaiya, Medellin, Colombia

There was a dead girl in front of the library this morning. She was breathing, but she wasn’t alive. Whatever existence she’d had during her few years – I calculated she was around 13 – certainly wasn’t life. She was tossed carelessly on the trash-­littered sidewalk in front of a boarded-up doorway, drugged and utterly unconscious of the world around her. The filth and stench of the city were caked into her skin. She seemed part of the garbage she was ­lying in.

My home in Medellín, Colombia, has a lot of poverty. I’m used to seeing dirty, starving children begging in the streets, unkempt old men sleeping ­under newspapers, and hopeless teen­agers forgetting their pain in glue and needles.

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25 comment(s)
Sad, but beautiful and wonderful...good job.
Jul. 31, 2016 at 1:55 PM • Report
Wow..such a meaningful display of the inherently under appreciated things in life..
Jun. 30, 2016 at 7:10 PM • Report
Heartbreaking....... Yet, beautiful..............
Aug. 04, 2015 at 5:54 PM • Report
I really enjoyed this piece! Nice work!
Jul. 23, 2015 at 10:39 AM • Report
I love how this article convey so much of your pain and struggle with the widespread poverty, thankyou for sharing. Truly.
Jul. 22, 2015 at 4:28 PM • Report
We cannot always fix the pain. Thank you for your honesty-- a beautifully written, heart-wrenching piece.
Feb. 19, 2015 at 5:00 AM • Report
amazingly beautiful, it shows how many few people care, and aslo how others react. fantastic! keep writing!
Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:15 AM • Report
I love this article! It's more than words can describe.  And In my opinion (Please dont get mad, its just my opinion)  Even if you believe God's not there, He still believes in you. 
Nov. 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM • Report
This is amazzing. It shows the best and the worst sides of humanity. It sets on display a hard truth that we all must accept in life: that sometimes even though we do the right thing with the best intentions, we have made no difference and good doesn't always win. This is very human. It's frightening and I felt convicted when I'd read it. It's raw and uncomfortable. But all in a very beautiful way. Well done. 
May. 09, 2014 at 4:47 PM • Report
Coming form a teenager , it is absolutely amazing the kind of practicality you have brought into this. Great work.....
May. 09, 2014 at 5:43 AM • Report