What they did to us

They came and saw us as an enormous family
They separated us and made us hate each other
They divided us into regions, tribes and culture
They overcame us because we were no longer united.
They discovered the natural resources we have
To them, we do not deserve the gift nature bestowed upon us
Out of envy, they enslaved us and killed us in thousands
They stole our resources to develop their countries.
They came as a saviour with their charity organizations
We accepted and welcomed them in love
But they aimed to eradicate us
They excavated ditches and lead us to the pits of death.
Their researchers delivered to us diseases in the form of vaccines
Under their supervision, we worked with our bare hands for their maintenance
We did all that we could to make them come
To some of them, we were classified as monkeys and labourers.
We still cherish the missionaries that came to our aid
With pride and gratitude, we make a memory of their stay with us
They opened their hearts to render us services
They laboured to instruct us; they treated us with dignity and respect.
What we have lost is still ours by its very absence
Now, we hate ourselves and our collective progress
But we need to wake up and do away with the colonial mindset of countries
We must stand up for our right and put away our differences.
Prisca Onyinye Nwokorie is a  Roman Catholic Nun. She belongs to the religious order of “Oblates of St. Benedict Joseph Labre” in Italy. She is a graduate of the University of Bari where she obtained her Bachelor's and Masters' degrees in “Information and Communication Technologies for the Production of Software” and “Computer Science” respectively. Currently, she is carrying out research work on “E-learning for Developing Countries”.

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