#MOTHERLANDSTORY – Long Live Ayiti
The first time I went back to the country
where I was born, Haïti, it was approximately three or four years ago,
and it was a trip that I was dreaming to take since I was small. just going back to the country where I
was born and seeing my biological family, to experience a sort of home,
to belong somewhere. Of course, here in Belgium,
there was a very negative image of Haïti but in my heart i just knew that it wasn’t like that.
I had a very positive image even if I didn’t remember any of it.
So the day came. Took the plane to Haïti.
I was really eager, and then I arrived there. Hot weather, a really
beautiful country, white beaches, just a perfect image in my eyes.
It was really such a nice experience that I was able to experience with other
people, and the moment that I was able to see my biological family again
was a really emotional moment for which now that I think about it, I wasn’t
really prepared but I am really happy that I was able to meet them. That I was able to experience
my culture, and to this day I still have a lot of love for them
and for my country and I really can’t wait to go back and learn more about my country and learn my language.
To be able to cook the traditional dishes. And to be able to pass this on
to my children, I think it is, when I later have children, really important to
be able to do that, to be able to also give them a kind of identity.
That I myself may have developed at a later age, I can give it
to them as from the start. So for me
the future looks really promising. Going more on
holiday to Haïti and just forge a kind of identity. Translation and subtitles: Melissa Opara