There’s No Need to Hold Back Around Me

Born in the Netherlands, Enrico is both Congolese and Dutch. His parents fled Congo and have lived in the Netherlands and Belgium ever since. We asked him when he feels at home in these countries and he gave us his honest answers.

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”I feel the most at home in the Netherlands when Dutch people give me the love that they also give each other. Sometimes I do notice that people hold back when they’re with me, but they don’t have to. In primary school I had a best friend whose parents treated me like I was their son. They really made me feel at home and I truly appreciated that.”

”I feel the least at home in the Netherlands when people shut me out. I’m thinking of parties or other activities. Especially with football, Dutch people often form a group or team. At those times I just want to go to the city where there are more people like me. More young black men. That just makes me feel more comfortable and at home.”

 

 

 

If you want to read more about the past and present of the Democratic Republic Congo, click here.

This is part of a series in which we explore when people of non-Dutch descent feel the most and the least at home in the Netherlands. They provide us with interesting perspectives of the country we know (and love).
In collaboration with Esther Captures. Check out her work on http://www.esthercaptures.com/

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