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Gabrielle y su Papa
I met Mario and his single father during a break in their travels. On their make-shift cardboard bed, they managed to find a moment of stillness in their journey of 1,616 miles. Mario informed me that they were separated from his mother several miles back. His parents couldn’t afford to have his family travel together. His mother decided to stay behind because she believed his father was better suited to protect him on the road. Mario also told me that a lot of other kids were very sick because of the climate. He thinks his father is protecting him from being like them. Thankfully, Mario looked ready to go--after a quick nap.
As they rested at the Mexican border with Guatemala, there was a lot of tension in the air. Due to pressures from Donald Trump, the city of Tapachula was unsure if it should allow migrants passage through his borders. The pair was very stressed if they could make it through Mexico. Their desperation was so strong, but turning back was not an option.
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||June 23, 2019, 5:46 p.m.