People
arrow left arrow right
photo contest slideshow
Coastal Crow nictitating membrane
Unexpected guest
A father wakes up everyday.
Sea of People
Felix waiting to enter hospital, El Salvador
Take me to the beach
Reverie
Grandfather Felix, resting
Grandfather Felix, sleep
Grandfather Felix, Watching TV
Grandfather Felix, Hospital
Grandfather Felix, El Salvador
MOUNTAIN PEAK INTO A CLOUDS
Stockholm from Västerbron
SILHOUETTE OF COCONUT TREES DURING SUNSET
Sunset outside of Stockholm
The Foxes
Cardinal getting food for her babies
Portrait of a Spider-Kid
Radial symmetry
Booby Landing
Reindeer enjoying its lunch in Tromso region, Northern Norway
A refugees wisdom
16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Grandfather Felix, El Salvador

My family adopted Joseph Virgilio (Aguilar) Bittinger from El Salvador in the 80's. When he was a small child his mother was brutally murdered and he was stolen from his family (although we did not know that at the time). I spent years trying to find any remaining biological family members for my brother Joseph but with the conditions in El Salvador, the language barrier, and the distance, it seemed almost impossible. However, recently the impossible happened and we were blessed with finding Joseph’s Grandfather Felipe Aguilar. We originally hoped that we could bring Felipe to the US for a brief visit so he could be reunited with his first born grandson, Joseph, whom he lost so many years ago. But Felipe does not speak English and uses a wheelchair so he requires someone to accompany him to make the trip. One of Felipe’s other grandchildren, Rolando, volunteered to travel with him to the US and back to El Salvador. Unfortunately, Rolando has been denied a tourist visa and while we try to figure out how to fight the bureaucracy, Felix has taken ill. Although, we pray for his recovery, due to our government and Felipe’s frail health, every day that passes he is less likely to be reunited with the grandson that was taken from him so many years ago.

TAGS: El Salvador, Family, Love

photographer avatar
Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States of America
Member since 2018
Photo Information
Copyright:
© Deborah Anderson.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: mobile
Date Taken: 06.2018
Total Views: 27
Filed Under: People
Camera Information
Date Uploaded: June 12, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Report This
SMITHSONIAN.COM COLLECTIONS
PHOTO LOCATION San Salvador, El Salvador, El Salvador