Would You Rather #59: Be Forced Out of Your Country Never to Return Or Never Be Able To Leave Your Country?


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It is torturous to say the least to be confined in a space no matter how long and wide; to know you’re restricted in your movement is burdensome. To be exiled from a place you call home or to be forced to flee for one reason or the other can be mentally traumatizing as well.

We say home sweet home for a reason; it’s the one place to return to where you feel belonged and safe. So to be in a position where that right is ripped from you would be tough.

The only two instances I can think of about being forced to leave your home country is that of political exile and fleeing due to war. History tells us several stories of rich people who fled their countries to escape their radical governments and that of ex leaders fleeing to escape justice for their misdeeds. The recent story of the Syrian refugees who flooded Europe depicts a vivid picture of being forced to leave the only place you call home just to stay alive.

As much as it is disheartening not to be able to return to your home country, I believe one can find or create a home for himself on a foreign land. The emotional ties to one’s native land might persist for a while and the memories might be painful to recall but home is where the heart decides to dwell.

How would knowing for a fact that it is impossible to leave the borders of your home country feel like? I believe it depends on where you find yourself on the world map. For some of us living on one continent, it would sound like a curse. For others on the other side, it’s no problem. Some have never bothered to travel out of their countries and they don’t intend to do so either. Why? It’s the best place to live. 

For those with a curious and adventurous spirit, being confined to the only sceneries they know would feel suffocating to them. One would always be left with the sense of wonder about what it looks like on the other side. But this has a good side too. We would do all we can to make the best of what we have in our home countries and stay

 in comfortably because there’s no other choice. But as long as there are greener pastures out there with an open door, most people would choose the easier way out for a chance of a comfortable life instead of staying and making things work.

I don’t want to be forced out of my beloved country never to return and not being able to ever leave my country doesn’t sound pleasant either. But I’d rather choose the latter as there is a very good chance of living out my dream in my home country without having to step on to the shores of another country with God on my side. Being forced out sounds terrifying; I wouldn’t want to ever experience that.

Tell me what you think. Which one would you rather choose and why? Always a pleasure to read your opinions.

© Josephine Amoako 2016

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. A place I call ‘Home’ should be where I can stay leaving out all the worries of the world. So it is a permant place. But then there’s another meaning to ‘Home’ that I would like to add. ‘Home’ is where your Family is. So staying outside the country or inside doesn’t really matter if I’m with my family. Because my family is where I feel safe and happy, so where my family is, my home is.. ☺ ❤

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I agree. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and have a great week!

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  2. To let my country for another country I think it is not evident

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Could you please elaborate on what you mean by ‘evident’?

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      1. When we leave our country, we lose all our bearings and this is what I say is not obvious

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      2. joseyphina says:

        Oh okay. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Gys.

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  3. VennRhymes says:

    GH for real! I’ll stay without leaving

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I like the spirit! 👍💪

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  4. zaram says:

    I’ll rather be unable to leave my country…although, my adventurous spirit may not take it well. Nevertheless, the thought to cutting all ties from my homeland and never being able to return is unthinkable.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I understand the feeling. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Zaram. Always a pleasure ☺

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  5. Jo Smith says:

    It really depends on the country and the situation that I’m in. I really can’t make a choice on that.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I agree. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jo

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  6. meyasroar says:

    My parents were forced to leave Uganda in 1972, they had no choice. They also had very little choice of where they could go. They spent years acclimatising to the UK, my sister and I were born there and ended up helping them rebuild their lives. It wasn’t easy as you can imagine. They always spoke of ‘home’ hoping that somehow things would change and they could go back, but it never really worked out that way.
    For me, the UK was as close to home as I could get, and although my family was there, there wasn’t much else. The culture, language, climate were all so different for them and this in turn did little to help my own pathway into calling it home.
    I think it takes more than family to make a place like home. It takes a feeling of belonging too.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I agree, home is where we feel belonged. Sorry about your parents. Must have been hard but God knows best. Thanks for sharing your experience, Meyasroar. ☺

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  7. Mandy says:

    In as much as I’d like to travel around the world, I’d stick to the latter. There’s no place like home oo. Home is home charley. Lol

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes ooo, where else would feel like Ghana?

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