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From January 2014 ‘till August 2015
I was the self-proclaimed street poet of Antwerp (B) driven to
denounce the social injustice and believe me, Antwerp may be a
paradise for tourists but far from for the majority of its
inhabitants. In August 2015 I felt the time had come to step
down as the street poet and that somebody else should take over
Still, what was I to do next? Of course I’m a poet in general so
no problem there but I simply can’t stand social injustice if
not to say that I hate it. So the choice was easily made
because tens of thousands of refugees were washing ashore, dead
or alive, at the beaches of Italy and Greece and given the fact
that the commercial media was only interested in reaching
deadlines and like vultures hunted for hypes, drama and scoops I
decided to give the refugees the attention they need in my own
way: by visiting different hotspots in the E.U. and writing
about my encounters with them and my experiences.
Now people may say that I’m running
after the facts but hey, to start with I’m not a bloody
journalist and secondly I feel that the story of the refugees
and the wrong doings they have to undergo should be told the way
it really is. Ok, I admit, I’m not completely objective but as a
counterweight to the vultures it should do.
One more thing: the title “Life is a
bitch!” is based on the time I worked at a refugee camp in the
Netherlands (1997-1999) and with and for children.
Also please keep in mind that now I only published chapter 1 & 2
and there will be more to come. But at present it's obvious that
the E.U. has become a total flashpoint so again and again I'll
need to decide where my next journey will take me so please come
back again and again. Thank you.
P.S. Nobody is perfect so a
proofreader would be more than welcome! Please contact me. Thank
you in advance.