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Why go?

June 13, 2011

Why do we emigrate? Why do we chose to leave our warm fug of belonging to live in a place where we are always at the window peering in? Do people leave their homes because they are bored? Poor?  Cold? Scared?

I lived in a country that has golden sands shelving down to still blue seas. Palm trees and clear mountain streams. The sweetest fruits and cinema songs. Even in the dustiest places, children wore crisp white uniforms and carried a pile of books to school.  In the monsoon rains I used to make paper boats and float them on the shallow pond that pooled in the front yard. We weren’t bored. We weren’t poor. We weren’t cold. So can you imagine how scared we were?



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