Brenda Paola Molina López, 22, San Pedro Catacamas
I was in a private university. It was too expensive. I live with my mother, she’s a single mother, we couldn’t afford to carry on with the studies, I couldn’t find a job, there’s a lot of violence here, a lot. So, I decided to go to the US.
We paid a smuggler, $4,000.
Saying goodbye to my mum was hard, we’d never been apart before. You know it’s risky, you don’t know if you are going to come back, you are conscious of the risk, of being kidnapped, being raped, being killed. But, there’s nothing here. We don’t all have drinking water, sometimes there’s no water at all. There are people right here who don’t eat three meals a day, who can’t afford to send their kids to school, my neighbour here didn’t send their kids to school last year, couldn’t afford it. If you are lucky to get day work here, as a farm labourer, you might get 100 lempiras a day, maybe 90, depends, and it’s hard work. You can’t do much with 100 Lempiras ($4 USD).
The truth is that you suffer on the journey, sometimes you walk all night, sometimes there’s not much food, you have to sleep on the floor, and it’s dangerous, you can be kidnapped, killed. They tried to sell one of the young women I was with, to sleep with men, you understand. I lost a lot of weight on the journey, I got really skinny, I didn’t get back to normal until after being in prison.
I was deported twice, once from Mexico, once from the US. The first time I went I got to Mexico, I was deported back to San Pedro Sula, and then I just went straight back. I got to McAllen, Texas and was caught shortly after I got there. I was imprisoned for eight days and then deported. I didn’t have money to get a lawyer to fight my case, so I came back, I signed the form to be deported. I was in prison with Salvadoreans, Guatemalans, other Hondurans. I was 19.
Thank God, the LWF has helped me a lot, from the first day I met them. With their help, we�
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