Why Africans risk their neck for ‘Papiers’?

“Papiers” is pronounced [pa’ pyay] and is French for papers literally. Depending on which part of the continent you’re from, you may know it as “mikanda”, “krataa”, green card, carte de sejour etc. basically any document that proves your legal status in the USA or any western country. So why risk our neck for papiers? Well, beside the fact that you can get a burger for about 99 cents, you get a shot at an improved quality of life. You can say what you want but it’s true. Had your parents not made the bold move of immigrating to the US (or wherever), you wouldn’t be sitting in the computer lab of your community college reading this :-), and more importantly you wouldn’t fully appreciate the jokes of Family Guy (gigili gigili). What about those who leave their families in some remote villages in the heart of the motherland to come here to seek a better life? Man, and did you hear about that Senegalese dude who made the trip to Paris Ocean 11’s style (hidden in a suitcase I’m not shitting youJ). I’m sure the stories are plenty of Africans who go through hell in their quest for Papiers (and feel free to tell yours) but we do it to survive, for a better life coz you know back home they don’t exactly offer 401k plans:-D. Oh you’re not feeling my answer? As usual, feel free to give your $0.02.

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2 Responses to Why Africans risk their neck for ‘Papiers’?

  1. ilivelaughlove says:

    Is life honestly better in America? Maybe there is better healthcare and retirement plans, but these things cannot replace the roots of family that are left behind. How many African-Americans do you know that understand the significance of family and heritage? Does a better “standard of living” really mean a “better quality of life?” In the United States, people have so many material obstacles (the need for more money, a bigger house, a bigger retirement plan…etc) that they forget how to be happy that they have a good life. My point is, rich or poor, a good life can be found anywhere—even in Africa.

  2. Papa Shongo says:

    That’s funny because we (me and friends who work at the UN, one from Bosnia, Kenya & Trinidad/Tobago) were discussing this yesterday evening. The Bosnian remarked how you can own everything here and yet own NOTHING, referring to the credit system. Isn’t it true when you think about it? House, cars etc. and God forbid you lose your job! Man you’re in deep ‘caca’. Back home things are much simpler as you can pay for everything with cash. I agree that you can live a good life anywhere, it’s just that things can be so uncertain in Africa you have to admit, I mean you watch the news too right? AIDS, weak economy, Inflation (remember Zimbabwe?), genocides, and the list goes on. This is not to say that I lost all hope for the African continent but for many of us it’s a ‘good break’ to come to a Western country. However, it should be just that, a ‘break’ as I also believe we need to return home at some point to try to make a difference at least, using whatever we’ve learned from our break (how many times have I used ‘break’? lol)

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