Cindy Yohanna Ruíz and Isis Escarlet.
Cindy (in blue):
I’m a single mother with three children. I travelled, it’s a difficult journey, and you go with your heart in pieces, leaving your children behind, you don’t know if you are coming back, you go with your whole body but a lot of people come back missing an arm or a leg, there are several round here like that. And plenty of people die. But there’s no work here, there’s hunger, you can’t afford to send the kids to school. I’ve had one of my children sick, you can’t afford the medicine.
Thank God, I’m back, in one piece, and thank God, the LWF has helped us get ahead. Now I have the sales, I can afford the rent on a small place, and send the kids to school, and pay for medicine.
I left just out of poverty. We didn’t eat three meals a day, I didn’t have a place to live, I was sharing with my mother.
I got up to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. I was travelling a month. I was deported back to Aguas Calientes, the border with Honduras and Guatemala. I went alone, without a smuggler, without more than 500 Lempiras.
Isis (in pink):
I went on my own too, no leaving my mother and kids behind, it’s painful to leave.
Today, thanks to the LWF really, we’re making tortillas every day, morning and evening. And Saturdays we do chicken, roast chicken, we take it into town to sell, 50 Lempiras a portion, we do 30 portions. I make about 2,000 Lempiras a month with the tortillas. If you are humble, and I ask God for humility, and with hard work, you can survive.
LWF's programme for deported and returned migrants is supported by ELCA.
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