Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gangs and Family Fleeing for their Lives

The United States has a new president and everyone is worried, particularly those that are fleeing their country from the dangers of their own, such as Alberto. Alberto is Salvadorian man who was threatened by the Salva Trucha gang in his home country to kill his family if he didn't turn his kids over to them. They wanted to use his son as a member and his 10 year old daughter as "his girlfriend". When Alberto's son refused, he was beaten up and later, the family found the body of a dead boy in front of their house. Fearing for their lives, they left El Salvador and headed to Tapachula (the Mexico/ Guatemala border) in hopes to eventually make it to the United States to start a new life. According to the the head of the United Nations refuge office in Tapachiula,Perrine Leclerc, this is a serious refugee crisis. People aren't just migrating for no reason. Their lives are in danger. What would happen to Alberto's daughter or son if they stay in El Salvador? The worst. The Northern Triangle includes Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. As a Guatemalan-American, knowing how dangeroous my parents' home country is, is startling and unsettling. I am grateful to be in the United States because I could have been in the shoes of Alberto's 10 year old daughter. I wouldn't be studying in North Central College, trying to provide a better future for myself and my family.

--Jazmin Galindo

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