"Where are we supposed to be from?"


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Where are we supposed to be from

when to know one's self is to see one's self reflected in someone else's eyes?

Where are we supposed to be from

when Africa is a country, defined by

the lack of everything we want and nothing we cherish? 

Where are we supposed to be from

when immigrant, foreign national, alien,

illegal and expat are different shades of the same human hue?

Where are we supposed to be from

when dictators are exalted - the revolution, comrade! -

and ordinary stories stay footnotes of history?

Where are we supposed to be from

when there are no birth certificates certifying

our right to live in this land?

Where are we supposed to be from

when 'our own people' don't even know where

we are from?

*Author has chosen to remain anonymous for the following powerful reason: There is no sense attributing this poem to a name when there are thousands - hundreds of thousands even - of names of migrants that we will never know.

#Xenophobia #Borders #Identity #Rejection #Africa

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Afrika Matters Initiative NPC 2018/033657/08