9th Ave: Voice of Witness: Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

Editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman discuss Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America with Lauren Markham.

About Solito, Solita

They are a mass migration of thousands, yet each one travels alone. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells--in their own words--the story of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States.

Fifteen narrators describe why they fled their homes, what happened on their dangerous journeys through Mexico, how they crossed the borders, and for some, their ongoing struggles to survive in the United States. In an era of fear, xenophobia, and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of migrant youth. What can they teach us about abuse and abandonment, bravery and resilience, hypocrisy and hope? They bring us into their hearts and onto streets filled with the lure of freedom and fraught with violence. From fending off kidnappers with knives and being locked in freezing holding cells to tearful reunions with parents, Solito, Solita's narrators bring to light the experiences of young people struggling for a better life across the border.

This collection includes the story of Adri n, from Guatemala City, whose mother was shot to death before his eyes. He refused to join a gang, rode across Mexico atop cargo trains, crossed the US border as a minor, and was handcuffed and thrown into ICE detention on his eighteenth birthday. We hear the story of Rosa, a Salvadoran mother fighting to save her life as well as her daughter's after death squads threatened her family. Together they trekked through the jungles on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, where masked men assaulted them. We also meet Gabriel, who after surviving sexual abuse starting at the age of eight fled to the United States, and through study, legal support and work, is now attending UC Berkeley.

 

Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America (Voice of Witness) Cover Image
By Steven Mayers (Editor), Jonathan Freedman (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781608466184
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Haymarket Books - April 16th, 2019

They are a mass migration of thousands, yet each one travels alone. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells--in their own words--the story of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States.


The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101906200
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Broadway Books - May 22nd, 2018

The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California—fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.


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