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Today unaccompanied children from Central America are making their way to the Mexico-U.S. Border. Many are fleeing from poverty, drugs cartels, or for political unrest. Unfortunately for many, attempts to cross borders come with a high price often costing them their lives, leaving families feeling guilty and resentful.
Throughout history, there has been numerous exodus of children all over the world. This generation may recall the exodus of over 14,000 children who fled Cuba in the beginning of Castro’s revolution.
For one author the stories are familiar, she was also an unaccompanied child, fleeing Castro’s communism. The book titled Operation Pedro Pan, by Yvonne Conde leads you into the story with an excellent historical background, I found myself deeply immersed in this book. Conde leads the reader through the existence of a Jesus Christ Super Star, bigger than life charismatic leader that deceptively led a country into a Marxist regime.
A collection of stories of some of the children, including the authors own account of her flight to a new world and the tenacity of two men, James Baker and Monseigneur Walsh who helped place these children upon arrival to the states.
My heart felt heavy, as I read the book, thinking how difficult it is to be faced with a mothers worst fear, letting go of the most precious thing, your child. Not knowing if you will ever see him or her again. As a parents worst nightmare unfolds, you can feel and understand the desperation for freedom, other than the mere reality of suppression that is communism.
Conde’s personal experience as a young girl whose parents were faced with such a difficult choice. Sending their daughter to a foreign place with only a small suitcase a few personal belongings and the uncertainty of a new life. Yvonne Conde’s story brings hope to many of unaccompanied children that cross borders each and everyday in search of a better life. This is one woman’s personal story in a lifetime of unrest that may help shed light to this issue.
Written by: Bobbi-O
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