One River

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Rivers flow through the people in this room
From the Great Nile to the Congo
From The Tigris to the Euphrates
From Ubangi and Kasai
Rivers flow through the people in this room
Sasandra, Luozi, Ndjili, Makhavali, Abay, Semelike, Dimbokro. Tovol
Rivers flow through the people in this room

From Kizilirmak near Ankara
Along the river Firat joining Turkey to Syria
Flowing on to friends In Elbistan from the Caroon In Iran to the Nile in Sudan
From the Lalouri in Cameroon
Rivers flow through the people in this room

To the Paraiba in Brazil
To the Victoria in Sri Lanka
From the blue Nile to the Red Sea

We sing of the rivers of childhood homes
Now dammed
Rivers of joy and heat and sun
Rivers of ice spring water, crystal Clear
The bridge that was built
For war to cross
Our rivers must find another course
Away from the lands where we were born

Rivers of change, our memories, our future
Selves
Flowing from our lands
Into yours
Many rivers flow through the people in this room
One world, one life, many rivers