"Non-EU is a beautiful word. A non-EU is someone who brings something new to the Europeans."
"Is it a good thing?"
"Sure! You and I are non-EU. I am old, but you are certainly a beautiful thing, very beautiful."
"Uncle Amadou, what is an immigrant?"
"Immigrant is a word more beautiful than non-EU. When we’ll arrive in Europe, we’ll become immigrants."
"Yes. Since as non-EU you’re bringing to Europe something beautiful, all the Europeans will see you as a gift… or a grant. So, immi-grant. Got it?"
"Yes. First non-EU and then immigrant."
"What is a clandestine?"
"Clandestine... this is the most important word. Before becoming immigrant, we are clandestine. The EU citizens probably do not know that you are something beautiful and some of them could instead suggest it is something bad. You must not believe these people, never. Promise!"
"No matter what people say, you are something very beautiful, whether you are an immigrant or not, and do you know why?"
"Because you're a clandestine. You are the destine of your clan: you are the future of your loved ones..."
Ousmane points his eyes to the horizon and thinks: "I am the future of my parents..."
His words are mixed with pride and emotion, joy and bravery.
Fifty international aid groups and United Nations agencies urged Israel on Thursday to open Gaza’s borders, saying its border blockade violates international law and indiscriminately harms Gaza’s 1.6 million people (New York Times).
Imagine that the God of Christians is homosexual, and so Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
Let's assume, also, that in this different world the Catholic Church and all its believers consider homosexual marriage as the only true natural act.
Now let’s suppose to live inside this alien society as heterosexual.
Men or women, we would be physically attracted to persons of the opposite sex.
Sooner or later we could fall in love with a girl or a boy.
And maybe we could also feel the desire to give further meaning to our love giving birth to another life.
So imagine that what best represents our humanity - the love for a partner and the desire to accompany the existence of a child - is hated by a great and hostile mass of people, formed by governments, institutions, politicians, ministers of religion, fervent believers and many ordinary people.
Well, being hetero, I feel extremely lucky knowing that this story is only the fruit of my invention…