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May God never give him peace!

May God never give him peace!

The prospect of migration serves an essential social function: in the minds of people, it provides the only hope of escaping poverty. Certain areas have been known for their migrant workers for centuries. But it is not a welcome prospect:

"It is understood that we have to become migrants. The prospect of migrating is a weight on everyone's shoulders. We don't like the idea, but for most families it is reality. Migration is the tradition established by our forefathers. It has always been this way."

Migration is equated to suffering in sayings, songs and poems. "He who first went out on the migrant trail, may God never give him peace!" As one poem puts it:

The father is a stranger in his own house,
Damn the black migration!
Child after child is born,
And the father is not there to call.

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