“Once you get there, you’re in a new environment, in a new culture. You start analyzing this new reality. That’s another very difficult stage, because you have to start your life from scratch. You have to adapt, and you have to integrate. And you weren’t expecting to have to face such things. You already feel helpless, dominated.
I’ve been trying for more than 3 years now. I knocked at the door of several cities, but it didn’t work out. I almost made it in Espagne, I thought it was going to work. But then, they cut ties with me. I went to renew my documents, and they told me: “you can’t stay here anymore, you have to leave.” That authorities can treat me like this… in a country where I was adapting, learning the language, undertaking trainings and visiting museums, and I never stole anything… That’s not fair. I left with a heavy heart, so upset and frustrated.
It’s really hard here. I had never slept outside back at home. I had never been humiliated. I have a wife and two children, and I could take good care of them. And that people see me on the streets now like that… Maybe some of them think that you’re mad. You can see it in their eyes. You often feel humiliated when they look at you. And then I calculated: so that’s what we put our lives at risk for ? We heard people talking about the West, but that’s not what we imagined. We imagined that everything was beautiful, perfect, without any difficulty.
So that’s my story. You need to write and share it, so that people can understand better. We need to raise awareness, so that when people see someone on the streets, they can remember : “Ah yes, this person is going through the same situation. It is our duty to reach out to all those who are in our country, to welcome them, and to avoid mistreating them. They are our foreigners.” In our country, foreigners are always welcome. Because religion says that when a stranger comes to your house, it’s as if God himself has come to visit you. So you must welcome him well and take good care of him until he leaves.”
(translated from French)