Suriname, a rainbow of discrimination

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Suriname, a rainbow of discrimination
I was born and raised in Suriname. I spend most of my life here. I lived in Holland for a total of 15 years. There I obtained the Dutch nationality. This has proven to be a convenience because I had freedom of movement throughout the world with this nationality. Only in my own country I am frowned upon because of this fact.
When I lived in Holland Suriname was my main object. Everything I gathered and learned I projected on my birthplace. If I saved enough money I treated myself to a ticket to my home-country Suriname. And when I’m here I do feel at home and equal to my fellow countrymen. So I fell in the trap. I fell in love with my country and decided to stay for a while. That is when the trouble began.
Since I did not leave Holland with a bag of money I was in need of a job to pay for my existence. So I went about applying for a job; but mostly not even a reply was send to my honest applications so my mom came through and used her contacts to get employment for me. While on the job I often felt mistreated by my colleagues but could not point out specifically what could be the problem. Even my mother and friends blamed me for having lived in Holland. I enrolled in Fine Arts College but there also there was a coldness against me I could not grasp. In Holland I was treated with more regards than in my own country. This still blows my mind.
I see myself as a nationalist because I think that I am helping whom I consider my people to advance. But they don’t seem to want my help because to them I am a stranger who is forcing herself on them.  My money is welcome though because if they can rob me of it, one way or another they shall try to get their hands on it.  Surinamese people are worse than the Nazis of Germany. Own people only count. As a foreigner you are not allowed to work for the government, you are not entitled to cheap ground and housing, you have to pay heavily for permission to live in the country and you are the last one who is considered for any job.  In public they boast on equal opportunities for everyone but in fact they only accept heterosexual people with Surinamese nationality whose parents have also been born here. Sometimes even the racial group presents a problem when looking for employment.
I wonder why I am good enough to give my money to them but not good enough to earn a living like they do? Thank god I had the clarity to hang on to my Dutch papers because had I also become of Surinamese nationality I would probably have ended up in the gutter like many of my fellow expats.
So when they call on you to migrate into their country be well aware that you are not really welcome to join in the treasures of your country but prepare to be placed on the sideline and forever be a stranger.

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