Sunday, February 26, 2006

criminal

Sat Shri Akal!


According to the Belgian Home Minister i am a criminal. Oh yes, he made it clear that helping illegal people is also a criminal act.
When refugees (for whatever reason political, religious or economical) get a negative answer ( like most of the Sikhs) on their asylum request, they are supposed to leave the country. A lot of people don't, they prefer rather to stay here illegal than going back where they came from ( war, poverty, oppression etc)
As a social worker i considered it as one of my duties to take care of this illegals, as a citizen i considered it my dutie when they knocked my door, to open this door and welcome them.
We supported them with clothes, blankets , food, money. Whatever was needed to give them a proper life, as good as possible concerning the circumstances. Sometimes i went far over the deontological line (as a social worker) and allowed people into my personal life. I shared my familyhome with one of them for almost 3 years.
But helping (sheltering, feeding, providing) these people-with-no-papers ( les sans papiers, mensen zonder papieren) is now made a criminal act. So i am a big criminal!!!!!
And i am proud of it!!!!

But in our law is written that this is only an act of humanity, mr. Home Minister.

Anyhow the helping people got afraid, that is in the beginning.
Now they are reorganising again and are willing to start the battle with the Home Ministry. It is important not to anger them (too much), because too much action can turn against the people still in procedure.
Last week there was a big demonstration in Antwerp and this week in Brussels. And yes, a lot of people turned up, showing their anonymous faces to the country.
Do we look like criminals?
Do we deserve to be called criminals when we only are helping others!

If you can not see God in all, than you can not see God at all!!!

And i hope this will make a change. The demand of the demonstrations is that illegals (oh, i hate this word!) who are longer than 3 years in some kind of procedure (because the goverment failed to deal with their file more quickly) and who are well integrated, deserve an immediate regularization.
This will of course not cover all the illegal people, but it is a start. Somehow i get the impression that there is going to change something positively (this year being an electionyear).
And this will give some of my sikhfriends a legal stay in Belgium, so their life can start at last, without all this insecurity and unsafety.

Waheguru, please, give us a hand!!!

3 Comments:

Blogger ss said...

Manpreet Kaur Ji,

Bole So Nihal,
Sat Shri Akal

I'm so glad there's people like you in the world ready and willing to help others.

Really proud of you.

ss

Sunday, February 26, 2006 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

I agree with ss, you are doing a great Seva.
Good old civil disobedience.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother was a social worker and more than once we had people come and show up at our house in the middle of the night or on weekends. When you are in this line of work it is very difficult and cold to just leave your work at work. Keep up the good work you will be blessed.

Friday, March 03, 2006 3:32:00 PM  

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