Write a poem for Sarah and Seán

Did you know that in Greece, you can go to jail for trying to save a life?

It happened to Sarah Mardini, 24, and Seán Binder, 25, when they volunteered as rescue workers for an organisation in Lesvos. Their job was to spot boats in distress at sea and help refugees.

They are accused of spying, people smuggling and belonging to a criminal organisation. If found guilty, Sarah and Seán could go to prison for 25 years.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted in the UN General Assembly on the 20th November 1989. It provides all children and young people under the age of 18 with many legal freedoms, including the right to a voice, to express themselves and to participate actively.  As we celebrate the UNCRC’s 30th birthday, why not ask your students to use their voice to take the Make a Difference in a Minute challenge and write a poem in support of the Write for Rights Campaign for Sarah and Seán.

Get inspired

The Repeat Beat Poet - Peter deGraft-Johnson - is a Hip Hop Poet, broadcaster, and journalist, and has appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, Battersea Arts Centre, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and on picket lines. ReadThe Repeat Beat Poet's Write for Rights poem, inspired by Sarah and Seán's case: I Haven't Written Honestly Since They Started Banning Drill

Want to add your own and change lives with words? Take the Make a Difference in a Minute poetry challenge for Sarah and Seán.


I by Mukahang Limbu from Amnesty International on Vimeo.

How to submit poems

You can submit a poem in written form, as an audio clip or as a video. This can be taken using a smartphone or any other recording device you have available (use our 5 simple tips on how to film yourself). Remember, the Make a Difference in a Minute challenge is to create a poem that you can perform in a minute or under!

A selection of poems will be chosen and showcased on our website. We will let you know if a poem is selected.

Share your poetry on social media using #WordsThatBurn and the title of your poem. 

Words That Burn - Sarah and Sean.pdf
- Mukahang Limbu copy.pdf
The Repeat Beat Poet - I Haven't Written Honestly Since They Started Banning Drill