Mauro Manuel
= From a Reader =

This is happening now in Holland!!
it is ridiculous and living by the rules,
we once were a nation of free people
and pirates and traders, we did not
have borders to hide, we were a small
country but always did hide refugees,
now we have to live by the rule of politicians
who don't care about people , only a vote
counts,this is why nationalists and populist
have ground for their thoughts.

When we start to deport children , we are
throwing our heart away, and we have many
bad examples with deporting people about
110.000 people !!! including children.

What is wrong with our world!!


      Forbes - 10/27/2011 @
    Dutch Shame: The Netherlands
  Debates The Deportation Of A Child

I write this because I am appalled.
I write this because I find it unfathomable
that a Western, civilized country that dares
to boast of its “tolerance” (a fable, but
people still believe it) and its “openness” (ditto),
a country that professes to believe in human
rights and human dignity, can be committing
this kind of sin against an innocent young man.
I write this because I think the world should know.

Mauro Manuel arrived in the Netherlands
as a child of nine – frightened, alone, sent
off by his parents who feared for his safety
in their war-torn homeland of Angola.
Their son, they knew, would face a better
future in the West.
And so he came to live in the Netherlands,
where he has, in the nine years since,
learned to speak the language fluently, with
the unmistakeable drawl of the province of
Limburg, where he now lives with a foster family.
He has been a good student. He plays soccer
with the best of them. His foster parents
gave birth two years ago to a son Mauro
calls his brother, and loves as if they had
been born to the same family.

But Mauro is now 18 years old. And the
Dutch government wants to send him
back to Africa.

Mauro no longer speaks his native language.
He no longer knows the cultural mores of
his homeland. He has been raised a
Westerner, a Dutchman, and this is the
culture of which he feels a part.

But the government, born in large part of
growing schism between Muslim immigrants
and their descendants and Dutch natives,
doesn’t care.
It doesn’t matter that Mauro is not a
Muslim radical. It doesn’t matter that
Mauro has never been in trouble with
the law.
It doesn’t matter that entire communities
have stood up in his defense, or that he
will likely be unsafe in Angola, once he is
forced to return.
It doesn’t matter that he has spent half
of his life in the Netherlands.
He is 18, and he must leave. No exceptions.

Not even for the children.

Some in the Parliament argue that an
exception should be made for a young
man who has, as it were, become “Dutchified.”
Others retort that then, you know, there
will be hundreds, thousands of children
we have to admit – an absurd assertion
in itself, but even if it were true – even if it
were true – would that destroy the country?
Would that not display its commitment to
human good, and to the future of the
children of the world?
And is that not more important than having
to find room, in this small country, for a
few hundred (and it isn’t that many;
it isn’t that many at all) additional people?

Here is a small reminder to the Dutch
people: not long ago, German Jews came
to this country to escape the Holocaust.
Many were young children who arrived
on Holland’s shores alone.
Would you have turned them back, too,
at eighteen? H
ave you learned absolutely nothing?

Courage, Mauro – or as the Dutch say,
I stand with you.
by fighter_eiji | 2011-10-30 09:01 | English
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