Carlos Andrés Enriquez Hernández, 23, Tailor, Barrio La Soledad, Juticalpa, Olancho
I was in four iceboxes in the US, about three days in each. The icebox is a room where they put you with very cold air conditioning, the aim of it is to freeze you, to make you more likely to sign the form so that they can send you straight home. It really is freezing, you are on the floor, there’s no bedding, you don’t have enough clothes, your teeth chatter and you feel like you are going to die.
I was deported after about 20 days. I met someone here in Juticalpa who told me about the LWF.
I left my place because of danger. What does danger mean? Ha! Danger here is not an abstract concept. My whole family was threatened by a gang. Threats against your life are part of controlling you, subjecting you. My whole family had to leave. People who don’t take notice of threats like that are simply killed. We’ve lost a lot of friends and neighbours, they disappeared. The gang here use a tourniquet on your neck, that’s their signature.
When I came back, I moved. I had nothing, lost everything.
The LWF helped me get back on my feet. I make school uniforms, I make adjustments to clothes, I make suits and rent them for weddings. I have dreams of getting bigger to start making clothes that people here want. I have no plan to go back to the US.
With skills here, and a helping hand to get on your feet, and plenty of hard work, you can make it here, you can survive.
LWF's programme for deported and returned migrants is supported by ELCA.
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