My husband and I recently watched a documentary titled “Which Way Home.” The documentary follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they travel through Mexico to the United States border riding a freight train they call “La Bestia” (the beast).
The children ranged in ages from nine to fourteen. Many were traveling from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. Some were trying to make it to the United States to be with their families. One boy was trying to make it to the U.S. so that he could send money home to support his mother, while another child had been abandoned by smugglers.
After the movie was over, I sat on the couch with my husband not saying a word. I was in total shock. I think my mouth was even hanging open. As I watched my five year old son coloring in front of me, my heart began to break into pieces as I thought of what these kids had gone through.
This brought up a discussion between my husband and I. There is no way I would trust “un coyote” (a smuggler) with my child. There is no way I would let my child try and make it to the U.S. without me! How do you not stop your nine, ten, twelve year old child from leaving home and let them try and make it to the U.S. alone? How? I was baffled!
My husband and I discussed many things. Different outlooks on life and different scenarios the families were in. We covered a lot.
What is the solution?
The best solution I could come up with was education. I look at it this way, if a girl has the opportunity to get an education she is more likely to want the same for her kids. Education provides better jobs. Better jobs = better money. More money, being able to afford education for your kids. The cycle continues on and the chain of poverty is broken.
One organization is creating a movement for change. I really believe in what they’re doing and I want to spread the word.
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