Obliged to leave his country two times.
My husband never took the status of refugee himself, but in Belgium he helped many Chilean refugees
I am Belgian. I met my future husband in 1975 at the Louvain University. He had to leave Chile because he was not allowed to continue his studies at the university in his country. He was a political activist in favour of Allende.
We get married in 1977. My husband never took the status of refugee himself, but in Belgium he helped many Chilean refugees but he wanted to be free to go back in his country to continue his political fight.
In 1979 we went back to Chile to act in the opposition to Pinochet. He got a position of economy professor in another university. But he continued to be a militant against Pinochet and for that reason after one year, he was expulsed of the university, this time as a professor. He searched for another job for one year, but in spite of his qualifications, and passing all the tests and interviews for jobs, he had to realize he was on a black list and would never get a job under Pinochet regime.
So we had to leave the country again, this time with our little baby girl who was born in Chile in the mean time.
Both died in Belgium far from Chile in 2012 and 2013, but their ashes came back to Chile and were spread in the Chilean waters of the Pacific Ocean.
They are back to Chile forever this time.
by MTF, Chile
posted: Friday, 20th June, 2014