Who remembers the case of Mauro Manuel, the 18-year old who was born in Angola and arrived in The Netherlands at the age of ten? Yup, I am talking about the young man who is more Dutch than the average Kaaskop, and who was voted off the island by the Dutch government recently.
Mauro’s case reminded me of Sahar Hbrahim Gel from Afghanistan, although she and her family ended up being among the lucky ones. Last year December, the Dutch government driven by the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV), were about to give this 14-year old and her family the boot.
Yes, after ten years they had to back “home”, regardless of the fact that this could put the life of Sahar, in all aspects a Western girl, in danger. Eventually, after lots and lots of pressure, the family received their residency permits. Thank God.
With Mauro, I thought the government had really outdone itself. How heartless can you be to send a teenage boy back to a country he has absolutely nothing? Well, I was wrong. Ver very very wrong. Mauro was just te tip of the iceberg.
The Dutch government has just gone the extra mile in this respect. This case revolves around 9-year old Jossef and his mother, both from Eritrea. They arrived in The Netherlands when the boy was just an infant. Yup, you guessed it: my country of birth, often thought of as the pinnacle of tolerance abroad, is sending them back.
I have no words for what is happening in the country where I was born. Yes, there are rules and I understand that. But to deny a child, which has grown up here and is in every aspect a Dutch citizen, and send it back to a country which is far form safe is criminal to the core.
I have no words apart from some very very rude ones. It seems my country of birth is developing into a right-wing state with fascist tendencies where politicians are successfully trying to white-wash the land from everything and everyone with a certain hue.
PS: My passport is still for sale. Discount offered.