- Valentina Oropeza Colmenares – @orovalenti
- bbc news world
Karen Caballero was attacked by “unexplained heaviness in the chest” on the night of Saturday, June 25, 2022. The boys no longer communicated.
Two days later, around 8:00 pm, he received a news alert on his cell phone from the Honduran channel HCH. Dozens of migrants did dead heat Inside a truck that was located near the city of San Antonio in the state of Texas.
Caron searched the phone numbers of Honduran consulates in the United States, hospitals and police stations on Google and Facebook, to find out whether they had two children and their children. Daughter in law He was on the list of victims.
It was 2 in the morning and no one was responding.
Margi Paz Grajera (24), Alejandro Andino Caballero (23) and Fernando Redondo Caballero (18) are three of the 53 migrants who died inside one. trailer Which transported 62 people from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
He died after being locked inside a trailer at 40°C no vent,
“How can I be such a mother” overprotectedWhat happened to my children, could I have allowed it to happen to them? Karen asked herself in a conversation with NationWorld News. “If my kids didn’t return by 10:00 p.m., I could go out looking for them until I got them home.”
Karen speaks calmly and politely, though she admits she doesn’t have time. MourningOverwhelmed by calls from so many family members, friends and journalists.
“No one thinks: ‘This woman doesn’t hurt, this woman doesn’t suffer’. But the truth is I have to keep strong Because I want to solve it. As a mother, I still have to bring my kids home.”
Karen remembers that Alejandro and Margie they became boyfriends When they studied together at an Adventist school in Las Vegas de Santa Barbara, a city located 200 kilometers from the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.
“The couple’s first year they were married at the school’s wedding tree, together paper rings, They were 17 and 18,” says Karen.
Margie entered the Faculty of Economics at the Autonomous University of Honduras, and Alejandro enrolled in Marketing at the University of San Pedro Sula.
Every day they traveled more than 100 kilometers from San Pedro Sula, few hours by bus They had to be taken during the early hours of the morning to reach first class on time.
“I went with Alejandro when it was his turn to leave for San Pedro at dawn. He told me: ‘mom, i’m sorry, I am a man’. And I replied: ‘You need not be sorry. I am your mother.'”
a better job
Margie and Alejandro finished the race and stayed in San Pedro Sula, Surely there will be more chances of getting a good job than in the village. He got the best opportunity to work as an operator in a call center.
Karen celebrated when Margie and Alejandro bought their first refrigerator. each DeviceEach piece of furniture reinforced the belief that he had made the right decision to study at university and devoted himself to building a professional career.
Over time, the couple’s salaries became so uncertain that Karen and her mother, Alejandro’s grandmother, reconsidered. family budget To help them with groceries and money to cover the rent every month.
Alejandro’s grandmother had a restaurant buffet food in Las Vegas, in Santa Barbara, where Karen learned to run a business. He then set up his own restaurant, but it went bankrupt during the coronavirus pandemic.
immigrate to the united states
After the financial condition of the family is strong Epidemic, Karen had to help her daughter Daniela and their seven-month-old. Fernando, the youngest of the three, decided to drop out of school during the lockdown.
Unlike his older brothers, Fernando did not want to go to school. Universidad, He dreamed of playing football like Leo Messi. Although she did not apply herself academically, Karen admired her ambition, a drive more similar to Grandma’s business mindset than the academic calling of Alejandro and Margie.
,imagine momIf there are no jobs for those studying here, what would I have left that I didn’t study?” Fernando asked Karen when she told him of his intention to immigrate to the United States.
although they had children adults And having made her own decisions, Karen knew she could persuade Fernando to stay in Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, and help out at Grandma’s restaurant. All once worked in the kitchen or at the store’s cash register.
However, Karen agreed to her son. a world of possibilities It will open after crossing the US-Mexico border.
introductory Offer Did Fernando travel alone? But Alejandro and Margie were encouraged to go with them.
Alejandro was the closest thing a father can to his younger brother, Caron told NationWorld News. their likeness and temperament They made him the person who went to everyone in the family when a problem was solved.
travel options The plane to the United States was rejected from the start. There was neither visa nor enough money to buy tickets. He built a family collection and sought out people who would help bring him to the United States.
In a telephone interview with NationWorld News, Karen declined to reveal details about travel arrangements: How much did it cost, how did they plan it or what was the route.
Karen, her kids and her daughter-in-law took a taxi Guatemala To say goodbye before leaving for Mexico. He visited the city of Antigua, and was amazed by the clothing of the indigenous people. They were inspired to see how women carried their children on their backs.
Margie, Alejandro and Fernando followed their way to Mexico. For 20 days he communicated with Karen WhatsApp To update you on travel news.
Karen still doesn’t know when they will be returnees Bodies for Honduras.
Speaking to the BBC, he received a call: “It’s from the President’s House from here. I call you back.”
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