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Solito, solita : crossing borders with youth refugees from Central America / edited by Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman ; with a foreword by Javier Zamora.

Mayers, Steven, (editor.). Freedman, Jonathan, 1950- (editor.). Zamora, Javier, (writer of foreword.). Voice of Witness (Organization) (Added Author).

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Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library 301.453 may (Text) 37268003039260 AHMFL Adult Non-Fiction Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781608466221
  • ISBN: 1608466221
  • ISBN: 9781608466184
  • ISBN: 1608466183
  • Physical Description: xi, 316 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2019.

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Nobody wanted me / Soledad Castillo, Honduras -- One day, I want to be like my father / Josué Nieves, El Salvador -- I was made to do things I didn't want to do / Gabriel Méndez, Honduras -- You ride on top of the Beast and are totally exposed / Jhony Chuc, Guatemala -- People fought over land and water / Noemi Tun, Guatelmala -- Before a village like ours was so beautiful, and suddenly things were ruined / Isabel Vásquez, El Salvador -- He'd break down doors and come through the windows, or, if not, from the roof, up the fire escape / Danelia Silva, El Salvador -- I was solito, solito. I decided to cross by myself / Adrián Cruz, Guatemala -- The US immigration police herded us into cars and drove us to la hielera, the freezer / Pedro Hernandez, Guatemala -- For eighteen years I've wandered from the bottom to the top of North America, trying to change my life / Cristhian Molina, Honduras -- We walked for days, through the jungle, risking our lives, not meeting anyone / Rose Cuevas, El Salvador -- I'm the only one still alive / Ernesto González, Honduras -- When I slept, there were cameras on four sides / Julio Zavala, Honduras -- Maybe I'll transfer to the university next year as planned, or maybe I'll be deported back to Guatemala / Ismael Xol, Guatemala -- Only by leaving my studies could I work to pay him back / Itzel Tzab, Guatemala -- Ten things you can do -- Historical timeline.
Summary, etc.:
"They are a mass migration of thousands, yet each one travels alone. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells--in their own words--the story of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States. Fifteen narrators describe why they fled their homes, what happened on their dangerous journeys through Mexico, how they crossed the borders, and for some, their ongoing struggles to survive in the United States. In an era of fear, xenophobia, and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of migrant youth. What can they teach us about abuse and abandonment, bravery and resilience, hypocrisy and hope? They bring us into their hearts and onto streets filled with the lure of freedom and fraught with violence. From fending off kidnappers with knives and being locked in freezing holding cells to tearful reunions with parents, Solito, Solita's narrators bring to light the experiences of young people struggling for a better life across the border. This collection includes the story of Adrián, from Guatemala City, whose mother was shot to death before his eyes. He refused to join a gang, rode across Mexico atop cargo trains, crossed the US border as a minor, and was handcuffed and thrown into ICE detention on his eighteenth birthday. We hear the story of Rosa, a Salvadoran mother fighting to save her life as well as her daughter's after death squads threatened her family. Together they trekked through the jungles on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, where masked men assaulted them. We also meet Gabriel, who after surviving sexual abuse starting at the age of eight fled to the United States, and through study, legal support and work, is now attending UC Berkeley."--Page [4] of cover.
Subject: Refugees > Central America.
Refugees > United States.
Central America > Emigration and immigration.
United States > Emigration and immigration.
Migrations of nations.

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