My First Seven Days in the USA

When I crossed the border             It was very strange. It was the first time I saw a patrol The officer turned on the siren             He told us:             ‘If you want to stay healthy STOP!’ * They moved us             my daughter and the others To the hielera. The hielera is a horrible... Continue Reading →

A Christmas without Food

I spent last Christmas very sad.             There was no food. But             I gave thanks to God for spending Christmas with my children.             They are my reason for life. * The traditional foods in Guatemala:             tamales with chicken             chocolate cupcakes             apples. They burn rockets in the sky in celebration. *... Continue Reading →

Christmas Preparations

Preparations began three days before Christmas. I went with my children             to buy the tree and decorations             to buy the food for cooking on Christmas. With my mother             we prep eared the meat for tamales.             and the banana leaves also. Early on Christmas morning with my mother             we made the... Continue Reading →

Christmas in El Salvador

Christmas night was unforgettable. I spent it with all my family. We went to church together. We ate a good supper             bread with chicken             steak             many refreshments. Together with my family on Christmas. * But now it is going to be             very different             far from home. We cannot be together... Continue Reading →

Christmas with My Family

[Last year…] I spent Christmas with my family             with my brother             and his family             and my dear Rosa. We cooked desserts and chicken.             My brother made the salads. We spent Christmas very well with my family. * This year I would like to spend Christmas             with my mother. I have... Continue Reading →

Christmas is for Family

I spent Christmas with my family.             My son Jerlum.             My sisters Elena and Priscita. And many friends. * We celebrated with food and drink.             Tamales.                      Bread.             Wine.             Turkey. *Christmases in the years to come             are going to be very happy. In all I give thanks to God            ... Continue Reading →

The Gang Robbed My Bank Account: They Took It All

Today I left the bank.             It was 1:20 in the afternoon. Three women were in front of the park.             They surrounded me.             They touched me.             They brought me to some men. The men touched me too. They told me to accompany them             back to the bank. I told them I... Continue Reading →

Extortion and Threats: Force My Son to Join a Gang

I have been a victim of extortion             since 2013. The gangs force me to pay different amounts.             The first time 5,000 Lempiras. [$205 US]             Then they got me down to 2,000 Lempiras. [$82 US] The amounts and dates vary.             They take everything I have. If I don’t pay the money            ... Continue Reading →

We Cannot Remain in Mexico

Migrant artwork created at Travis Park Church, San Antonio We cannot remain in Mexico any longer. We are in a very dangerous city. Nuevo Laredo. We fear for our lives. In addition, we face high levels of racism against us from Mexicans. They do not want us here. We suffered on the journey from Honduras.... Continue Reading →

What Happens Next?

Artwork from Travis Park Church migrant hospitality March -July 2019. When do I see a lawyer?             What happens next? When do I get asylum?             Where do I go?             What do I do? Who will help me?             When do I go to court? I can’t read the papers immigration gave us.            ... Continue Reading →

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