We’re not refugees!

We had a Zambian party at a small local restaurant in Vienna recently where I had a great time.  The Zambian group occupied almost a third of the restaurant.  The leader of the group got up to say a few words and when she was about to close her speech someone from our group said to her:  “Say that we are not refugees”.

We were all puzzled so she elaborated that the other patrons may think that we are refugees, what with the influx of refugees in Vienna.  We laughed, but almost everybody agreed that the others should be notified that all of us were legally here and had not run away from our beautiful Zambia.  The speaker then said (in a very loud voice) that indeed, we were not refugees and that we all had valid papers to be in Vienna.

There is nothing wrong with being a refugee, but I was reminded once again how we are usually concerned about other people’s views of us, especially as dark skinned Africans.  We want their opinions to be good.

So: no, we are not refugees!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tiny
    Nov 21, 2015 @ 14:31:06

    I still have my Zambian driver’s license from 1987…would that have gotten me into that party ? I would’ve been appropriately dressed too 🙂


  2. cocoaupnorth
    Nov 15, 2015 @ 10:15:18

    “I was reminded once again how we are usually concerned about other people’s views of us…” This is so true. But why does it matter so much (even to people we don’t know) what they think of us? Just saying:-)


  3. anotherday2paradise
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 16:45:33

    I think that often we assume people are thinking things about us, when they aren’t at all. 😄


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