We are all “Portugal” today, even me! 11 millions….

July 11th, 2016 por

My title sentence might seem weird and at the same time insensitive, but it is indeed very real! Why?

Because, although I have a Portuguese passport and most of my family/relatives are in Portugal, I have never felt myself one of the kind for the many reasons related to our “refugee/returnee” status of some forty and so years ago….

When, we left Angola because of the cruel war (a pleonasm to call it cruel, as all wars are) we were terrible treated in Portugal where they called us “returnees”. In my case, not at all, because neither myself nor my parents had ever lived there not to say we were not even born in the  “mother nation”. So, how could we be called that?

But that’s a minor detail in a very sad story of how the Portuguese government and people treated us: as SHIT!

I remember vividly the days when we all met at one of the most charming squares in Lisbon, Rossio, and not only to be among friends but also to complain about the sad reality. There,  we were,  frequently, cowardly and badly mistreated by the locals. Not to talk of the invasion of Bank of Angola, where wild violent scenes were recorded in my adolescent memory. On those days inside the building with guns and war tanks surrounding unarmed innocent people who pledged for the right to have their money (Angola escudo) changed into Portuguese escudo, I felt miserably for all the surreal status.

The Portuguese were mean, very mean to us and, this cannot be forgotten, in particular when we were the victims of an erroneous decolonization process. My life was catapulted to a 180 degree change because of a war triggered and maintained by irresponsible acts. So, how could I feel myself part of this nation?  But life moves on, and nowadays, Portugal and its people have gone through many ordeals and they have suffered the consequences of such  inadequate past behaviors. Also, the new generation of Portuguese have lived a different reality and, despite the inherited influences, they have opened up their minds and are more realistic, less pessimist and more humane! So, yesterday, for the first time in my life I might say I felt myself a “bit” Portuguese! Thanks to the world of sports and the spirit of team work!

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