Review – Mi Nombre es Sarah

Sofia Hernandez, Student Journalist

“Mi Nombre es Sarah” is a Spanish poem. The author is anonymous, but it says it was written in collaboration with Andrea Distefano Argentina. The poem tells the story of a little girl who is abused by her parents. The poem transmits an impotence and sadness towards the reader since when reading it, there is nothing left but to see the story and feel the desire to change the girl’s situation. Unfortunately, it is a reality that many families suffer and the kids are the most affected.

This poem represents the innocence of children, who often blame themselves for their family’s problems. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it to anyone that likes poetry. It might make you cry but it’ll be worth it. It also invites the reader to reflect about the kids and how they treat them and how society deals with these problems. Children are reflections of their parents, so we need to take care of them and love them.

This poem has been interpreted by several people, who turned it into a video of reflection on child abuse which is directed to an older public and high school students. It is not really open to interpretation since the context is quite clear, however, what happens in families is often seen by the public, so no matter how painful it is to read, it is even more painful to know that it is a reality. 

There are many forms of child abuse, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, and emotional abuse. The good news is, help is possible. If you see signs of abuse of a minor, you should report it to the corresponding authorities before this poem has to be dedicated to another child.  There are companies and organizations dedicated to ending child abuse, like Childhelp, which gives all kinds of information regarding child abuse and gives support and resources to help those affected. Child abuse is a delicate and sad subject, but one that must talked about to raise awareness so that hopefully someday it will end. Check out the links below for more resources and for a video of the poem. › watch