“There was an atmosphere of great strength,
of great willingness, of great ambition
to create from that small country a real paradise”
“I think it was my country.
I never was totally one of them actually,
but for me it was my country and it was my culture”
“I really miss Guinea-Bissau, a country that maybe
I wouldn’t recognize anymore, but I miss it.
I miss a part of my childhood, I miss that feeling of renovation,
of high aspirations, of dreams of a better society”
“In terms of their motivations and their integrity
they were good dreams, but they were dreams”
“We pretended to change Guinea-Bissau within 20,
maybe 30 years, into a country at the same level
as we have here in Europe”