By Sonia Nazario
During this unbelievable actual tale, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unbelievable trouble and peril to arrive his mom within the usa. while Enrique is 5 years previous, his mom, Lourdes, too bad to feed her childrens, leaves Honduras to paintings within the usa. The circulation permits her to ship a refund domestic to Enrique so he can devour higher and visit university previous the 3rd grade.Lourdes delivers Enrique she's going to go back speedy. yet she struggles in the USA. Years cross. He begs for his mom again. with no 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 on my own from Tegucigalpa, with little greater than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina cellphone quantity. with no funds, he'll make the harmful and unlawful trek up the size of Mexico the single manner he can–clinging to the perimeters and tops of freight trains.With gritty decision and a deep longing to be by means of his mother’s facet, Enrique travels via adverse, unknown worlds. each one step of ways via Mexico, he and different migrants, lots of them kids, are hunted like animals. Gangsters keep watch over the tops of the trains. Bandits rob and kill migrants up and down the tracks. Corrupt law enforcement officials all alongside the course are out to fleece and deport them. To sidestep Mexican police and immigration gurus, they need to leap onto and rancid the relocating boxcars they name El Tren de los angeles Muerte–The educate of demise. 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 childrens make every year to discover their moms within the United States.Based at the la occasions newspaper sequence that gained Pulitzer Prizes, one for characteristic 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 hazard his lifestyles to discover the mummy he loves.
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Extra info for Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
But Grandmother María hugs him and wishes him a cheery ¡Feliz cumpleaños! ” Enrique loves to climb his grandmother’s guayaba tree, but there is no more time for play now. After school, Enrique sells tamales and plastic bags of fruit juice from a bucket hung in the crook of his arm. “¡Tamarindo! ” he shouts. Sometimes Enrique takes his wares to a service station where diesel-belching buses rumble into Carrizal. Jostling among mango and avocado vendors, he sells cups of diced fruit. After he turns ten, he rides buses alone to an outdoor food market.
It has four rooms, three without electricity. There is no running water. Gutters carry rain off the patched tin roof into two barrels. A trickle of cloudy white sewage runs past the front gate. On a well-worn rock nearby, Enrique’s grandmother washes musty used clothing she sells door to door. Next to the rock is the latrine—a concrete hole. Beside it are buckets for bathing. The shack is in Carrizal, one of Tegucigalpa’s poorest neighborhoods. Sometimes Enrique looks across the rolling hills to the neighborhood where he and his mother lived and where Belky still lives with their mother’s family.
I redoubled my efforts to reduce my exposure while making the journey. I lay down one rule: No getting onto and off of moving trains (a rule I broke only once). A newspaper colleague plugged into the Mexican government helped me get a letter from the personal assistant to Mexico’s president. The letter asked any Mexican authorities and police I encountered to cooperate with my reporting. The letter helped keep me out of jail three times. It also helped me convince an armed Mexican migrant rights group, Grupo Beta, to accompany me on the trains through the most dangerous leg of the journey, the Mexican state of Chiapas.