Dutch Government, Why Don’t You Grow a F*cking Heart!

26 Oct

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!


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14 responses to “Dutch Government, Why Don’t You Grow a F*cking Heart!

  1. Mark Goodwin

    October 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    In the old days, especially the 1940’s and during the second world war, people would just vanish, scarper, ‘do-a-runner’.
    Only last night I watched a programme on UK TV about the number of criminal absconders there are in GB. Unfortunately I cant remember the number but it was in the 100’s if not 1,000’s. And these were criminals who had previous records of Rape, Pedophilia, GBH, Robbery etc. They had been given bail to appear up before the judge at a future date, when the date arrived they had disappeared. And, the Police are so short staffed and facing cut-backs that the majority of the felons will never be caught! Apparently, they are usually only caught when they are re-arrested for another crime.
    Without initiating a felony or enticing anyone to break the law, one would think that if, at the end of the day, the lad is faced with a fete a comply, he might consider taking a ‘long holiday’ out of Holland somewhere, shame that he may have to resort to this, but anything is better than being sent to Angola.
    I will never understand Governments, they all end up the same. It’s like GB at present, we are skint, we have to find half a billion GBP’s a day in interest on our loans and yet, it looks like we are going to have to find £18b to give to Belgium to help prop up the Euro. But we didn’t join the old one currency fits all scheme, thank you very much. We liked out Pounds. Why didn’t they just leave it alone, the French had looked after their Francs for many years, as did the Germans with the Marks, the Italians with their Lira etc. And now it is all going pear shaped, and we the tax payer (who have no choice in the matter) will end up paying. Beats the shit outta me!!

  2. K.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Why has he be kept from his family and why did they let him lose his language? That implies that he has had NO CONTACT with his mother for NINE YEARS.


    • Miriam Mannak

      October 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      He arrived in Holland at the age of 9, on his own. Before that, he lived in ashack in a squatter camp.
      Mauro upon arrival was assigned a foster family, who now considers him being their son. They wanted to adopt him, but the forms with the consent of Mauro’s biological mother were rejected by the Dutch court twice. The Dutch government did not send Mauro back because they back in the days signed the Declaration of the Children’s Rights, prohibiting authorities to send kids back on their own. They are obliged to accomodate them.
      Mauro from what I understand, has had some contact with his mother in Angola, but not much.
      Why he lost Portuguese? because it is not widely spoken in Holland I assume. When you dont speak a certain language and are learning another one, you often lose the former.

  3. K.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    The mother would have had a better chance of being treated in a humane way if he had been sent to America and was adopted in an open adoption to decent people.
    The fact that you see nothing wrong with this situation shows how ignorant people are about these situations.
    Do you think his mother can be replaced? Do you not find it appalling that he cannot speak to his family? Doesn’t it bother you that he doesn’t have real contact with his mother?
    What she did for him was sacrifice herself for him so that he could have a better life, that doesn’t mean she should no longer be his mother.
    He isn’t Dutch, he is still his mother’s son. Do you think he is white too? How far do we go in wiping out someone’s identity and origins?
    You never even thought that he had a mother when you wrote these posts about him did you?

    • Miriam Mannak

      October 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

      The mother in question agreed for the foster family to adopt him twice. You cannot blame a child for considering his foster family, with whom he loved for ten years, his family. This dilemma is unfortunately not about his Angolan mother. It is about the future of this boy. His Angolan mother sent him away for a better life. That is what he has right now. It has nothing to do with replacement. This is, btw, not a black or white thing. Do not pull the race card – it is unnecessary.
      Why are you assuming these are not decent people?

    • J

      November 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      K your not seeing the point here! It seems that you want this boy to go back “home” as they say…
      Holland is his home now! Your saying that his mother’s still in Angola and she can’t be replaced and he has to go back to her… I repeat: YOUR NOT SEEING THE POINT HERE! The kid don’t want to go back… He just want to get on with is life were he is HAPPY! Dear God…

      • Miriam Mannak

        November 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        Thanks J, I agree with you. I do feel sorry for the mom. I do. It must have been very hard for her to put her son on a plane. But she did this to give her son a better chance in life. He was not stolen like the Indian kid you mentioned, K. There is nothing similar between those two stories.
        As for Mauro: why shouldn’t he have a say in how he wants to live his life? he did not have a choice when he was put on a plane to Holland, and now he is being forced to give up his lifer again.

  4. K.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    And meanwhile we have an Indian boy who was STOLEN from his mother’s side and adopted with the use of forged documents by people living in The Netherlands and his adoption was decreed by a Dutch court to be legal. The parents came over to see if they could have some contact with their son but they were refused any access to their child.

    I am not even saying that Mauro should be or shouldn’t be sent back to Angora, I’m saying that family ties and culture should be respected and preserved.

    The fact that you write BIOLOGICAL mother speaks volumes. He only has ONE mother, and this woman deserves to know and speak to her son. She sent him to a wealthier country so that he would be safe and have a chance at a better life. Please don’t demean her status by putting words like biological in front of her title as his mother. She is his mother – period.

    Shall we call your mother your biological mother?

    • Miriam Mannak

      October 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

      I agree – culture and background is important. But does that mean he has to be send back to Angola for good – leaving everything he has behind, including a future? Have you ever been to Angola?

  5. Jan

    November 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Miriam you absolutely right, as a Dutchmen living in another country I am ashamed to read this news.

  6. Joao Pires

    November 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hello Dear Miriam.
    I didn’t know this until I saw it on a portuguese web site.
    It’s unbelievable how a government can do that to a young boy like Manuel. I hope UNICEF or other can do something to help that boy.
    Sadly, we are all being “represented” by idiots in our government…
    I’ve already signed the petition.
    Compliments, Joao.

    • Miriam Mannak

      November 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Joao,
      I find it unbelievable. This boy is eighteen, and was basically abandoned by his mom at a young age as she wanted a better life for him. She put him on a plane. Now he has to let go of the people he considers his parents and baby brother. I am furious. technically he is no longer a minor, so not sure what UNICEF can do. I heard his lawyer wants to go to the European HIgh Court as the Dutch are violating Mauro’s human rights (and they have been for so long by letting him live in uncertainty for 9 years and a bit).
      Thanks for signing the petition and thanks for caring. I wish the Dutch government would do the same.
      I hope that if Mauro has to go back, maybe there are Dutch expats who could take him under his wing for a bit – for the first few months.
      Anyway. It is a sad day.

  7. kuriousk

    November 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Mirriam, I agree with you completely. I am not born dutch but I am a resident living in Holland with my husband. Its so ridiculous what they are doing, when I KNOW for a fact that there are women living in Holland illegally, who have police records and the government does absolutely nothing to find these people. One person, literally beats her dutch partner infront of their child. Use forged documents etc. I have reported her but whenever the dutch police visits, they claim they have no authority to send her back. WHen I look at this kid, with a promising future and how they are using a lot of efforts and resources to kick him out and yet still, there are people here who DESERVE to be kicked out of the country but the government does nothing…what a shame….this is very sad indeed


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