… OU “A FUGA, OU O INSONDAVEL MISTERIO DA NACIONALIDADE SURRIPIADA (Parte 2)”
Following the news of the election of Mr. Lumengo, originally an Angolan, to the Swiss Parliament in the political environment in which it took place, and in the context of some agitation among the Angolan Diaspora over the denial to us of the right to vote in the upcoming Angolan general elections, expected to take place next year, I found it appropriate to bring to your attention the attached paper about the 2003 UN Report on “Denial of Citizenship and Statelessness” from the European Policy Centre.
The first time I came across that report, I was working for an organisation in Africa where at the time I was being made acutely aware, by some whom I’d always seen and related to as ‘fellow compatriots’ or just as ‘fellow Africans’, that in their books I was not as much the “bona fide regional citizen” as I might, could, should and was generally taken for. Ask me why and I’ll see if I can bring myself up to explain… because there’s an explanation… I then circulated the report to those same people, hoping that at least it would bring them to some reflection on their words and actions. Ask me if it was to any avail and I’ll say: no.
Nothing, however, would’ve prepared me for the many different versions of that same hostile attitude I was going to meet in the blogosphere, or more precisely the “lusosphere”… As a matter of fact, it has been not just about some questioning your “bona fide” status as an Angolan citizen, it’s also about naming you a “insignificant non-entity” (stateless therefore…), an outcast “capable of acts of terrorism” and a pariah who “fled with her parents in 1975 for not being capable to withstand your country’s independence”… ask me if there’s any substantiation to these dehumanising insults, claims and accusations – specially when coming, as they do, from people who do not know you personally and whom you’ve never met or ever talked to before – and I’ll simply say: no.
Never mind that the people making them are the very ones who precisely did that (i.e. fled the country, with or without their parents in 1974/75 for, as the word had it at the time, not bearing the thought of “being ruled by blacks” and never went back…) or those who, not having exactly physically fled the country, have always been spiritually absent from it, longing for the land of their ancestors somewhere in Southern Europe, or inventing “lands of their own” by attempting to appropriate themselves, through the most outrageous cultural vulturism, of at least one of the Angolan/African ancestral cultures, while reaping all the privileges awarded to them by state patronage… Never mind if they are citizens of the very countries in Europe, like Mr. Lumengo’s Switzerland, which have political parties constantly calling for the expulsion of African immigrants.
Never mind if the only, or the best, way they find to deal with their own insecurities over their own identity, or lack thereof, is to deprive you of yours… Never mind if the only way they find to assert their “right” over your ancestors’ land, culture and memory is to deny you any claim over, belonging to or even thought about it… or, as they often do, by trying, by all means necessary, to tarnish your personal reputation, mainly by incessantly calling you “racist” for the simple reason that you dare to react against their unprovoked racial, sexual (even if only “virtual”…) attacks and just about every other abuse known to humanity, and by throwing all sorts of stones and dirt at the memory of your ancestors! Never mind if their silly idea of concealing their glaring, deeply rooted, incurable racism is to, vainly, try to transfer and input it on you...
Never mind if all this destructive nonsense happens to you when the country in question has been devastated by war and political violence since independence, is currently experiencing the highest GDP growth rates in the world and is taken by just about everybody as “under-populated” and “under-developed”, thus calling in people from all corners of the earth (apparently provided that it’s not the “likes of you”…) and stating that it’s in dire need of qualified people to assist in its development… Never mind if the very State you are denied any bond to in this appalling way - based in what is generally understood as political and ethnic reasons but are in fact attacks based in sheer ignorance, irresponsibility, incompetence, carelessness, treachery, xenophobia, irrationality, insensitivity, unscrupulousness, opportunism, hypocrisy, amorality, greed, callousness, bigotry, spite, racism and hatred - is the one to which you’ve devoted the very best of your life and talent and is the one ultimately responsible for your very state of statelessness!
This paper deals with the very root causes of “Denial of Citizenship and Statelessness”. I sincerely hope you’ll devote to it the very best of your attention.
Thanks in advance!