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Date: 09/23/2014
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The following poem “Dear Matafele Peinem” was written and performed by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a 26-year-old native of the Marshall Islands. After her recitation in front of 120 heads of state, her daughter and husband joined her on stage, to a standing ovation. The epistolary poem received a standing ovation at the United Nations Climate Summit.

Contributor/Author: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner