By Sonia Nazario
During this magnificent actual tale, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unbelievable hassle and peril to arrive his mom within the usa. while Enrique is 5 years outdated, his mom, Lourdes, too negative to feed her youngsters, leaves Honduras to paintings within the usa. The circulate permits her to ship a reimbursement domestic to Enrique so he can devour larger and visit tuition prior the 3rd grade.Lourdes provides Enrique she is going to go back fast. yet she struggles in the USA. Years move. He begs for his mom back. with out her, he turns into lonely and stricken. whilst she calls, Lourdes tells him to wait and see. Enrique despairs of ever seeing her back. After 11 years aside, he comes to a decision he'll pass locate her.Enrique units off by myself from Tegucigalpa, with little greater than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina phone quantity. with out cash, he'll make the damaging and unlawful trek up the size of Mexico the single manner he can–clinging to the edges and tops of freight trains.With gritty decision and a deep longing to be via his mother’s aspect, Enrique travels via opposed, unknown worlds. every one step of ways via Mexico, he and different migrants, lots of them youngsters, are hunted like animals. Gangsters regulate the tops of the trains. Bandits rob and kill migrants up and down the tracks. Corrupt police officers all alongside the direction are out to fleece and deport them. To stay away from Mexican police and immigration gurus, they need to bounce onto and stale the relocating boxcars they name El Tren de l. a. Muerte–The educate of loss of life. Enrique pushes ahead utilizing his wit, braveness, and hope–and the kindness of strangers. it's an epic trip, one hundreds of thousands of immigrant little ones make every year to discover their moms within the United States.Based at the l. a. occasions newspaper sequence that gained Pulitzer Prizes, one for function writing and one other for function images, Enrique’s trip is the undying tale of households torn aside, the craving to be jointly back, and a boy who will danger his lifestyles to discover the mummy he loves.
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They remember how their mothers fed and bathed them, how they walked them to kindergarten. In their absence, these mothers become larger than life. Although in the United States the women struggle to pay rent and eat, in the imaginations of their children back home they become deliverance itself, the answer to every problem. Finding them becomes the quest for the Holy Grail. CONFUSION Enrique is bewildered. Who will take care of him now that his mother is gone? Lourdes, unable to burden her family with both of her children, has split them up.
But there is another reason she hasn’t called: her life in the United States is nothing like the television images she saw in Honduras. Lourdes shares an apartment bedroom with three other women. She sleeps on the floor. A boyfriend from Honduras, Santos, joins her in Long Beach. Lourdes is hopeful. She’s noticed that her good friend Alma saves much faster now that she has moved in with a Mexican boyfriend. The boyfriend pays Alma’s rent and bills. Alma can shop for her two girls in Honduras at nice stores such as JC Penney and Sears.
Children as young as three, bewildered, desperate, populate these foster homes. Víctor Flores, four years old, maybe five, was abandoned on a bus by a female smuggler. He carries no identification, no telephone number. He ends up at Casa Pamar, a foster home in Tapachula, Mexico, just north of the Guatemalan border. It broadcasts their pictures on Central American television so family members might rescue them. The boy gives his name to Sara Isela Hernández Herrera, a coordinator at the home, but says he does not know how old he is or where he is from.
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario