I am flabbergasted. Baffled. Most of all I am fire-spitting ANGRY and very much ASHAMED. Ashamed of the government in The Netherlands, yes the one that allegedly represents me. These cold-hearted, merciless, soulless pricks-in-suits-and-ties in The Hague have decided that Mauro Manuel, an 18-year-old Angolan boy who has lived in The Netherlands for eight years, has to back “home”.
But what is home to this young man? After all, he left Angola when he was just ten years old. Angola, back then was a completely different country from now. When Mauro was put on a plane by his mother (he still does not know why she did that) eight years ago, the Civil war had just come to an end. Angola was in ruins after 26 years of warfare and far from pleasant for a young child.
Mauro is now fully integrated in Dutch society, he lives with a Dutch host family whom he regard as more or less his parents, he speaks the language fluently (probably better than I do – just watch the video), and has pretty much no ties with Angola anymore.
This boy is Dutch as Dutch can be yet. But he has to go back to Angola.
This decision comes from a government that heads one of the wealthiest countries in the world, a nation the world thinks of as tolerant. A developed nation. A civilized one. Allegedly.
I am so angry.
To speak in Desmond Tutu’s words: “Dear Prime Minister Rutte, you and your government don’t represent me!”
And in my own words: “Mr Rutte, Mr Gerd Leers, and everyone else responsible for this human catastrophe: you are nothing but a bunch of heartless criminals. By sending Mauro back to Angola you rob him of a future, a life, a family, a proper chance in life, and of everything else that he has ever had and would have had. I hope you can live with yourself, and that you will be able to sleep at night.”
Oh, you may consider growing a f*cking* heart while looking up the word “Humanity” in the dictionary. It seems you forgot what that is all about.
*I usually do not swear in my blog, but f*ck it: there is an exception to every rule.
PS: Please sign this “Mauro has got to stay petition“. Over 50.000 people have signed so far! It does not matter where you are from! We are all human being inhabiting the same planet!