17th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Maria Fernanda, age 15, is dressed as boy to protect herself during her journey. Just as when she was seven and living on the streets, she did whatever was necessary to survive. As many as three out of five women and girls are raped during migrant journeys according to Amnesty International. Thus, Maria she disguised herself as a boy for her safety. I am still in close contact with Maria Fernanda. Currently, she is back in Honduras. However, her return was not easy…. She was struck by a Mexican police unit. To my dismay, she informed me that she was nearly raped. Now home, she is recovering from a major surgery on her appendix. Unsure if she will ever make it to the border, she thinks that she will have to stay.
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||June 23, 2019, 5:51 p.m.