Quenedi Dario Valladares Figuro

December 15, 2018

El Barretal

I am from the city in Honduras called Tambor, Marcovia, Choluteca in the south of Honduras. I worked cane and I harvested fruit for export to the United States. I worked in the fields. I am thirty-four years old. I was not able to go to school. Another friend told me he was going to join the caravan and I decided to go with him. We all decided to come to get abetter life. We don’t have any money. My situation has been like this for along time. Nineteen of us decided together to come.

            I don’t have a wife or children. No father, only my mother. I have two siblings. I didn’t have time to talk with them before I left, so they don’t know where I am. My mother doesn’t know either. I can make a three-minute call and I will tell my brother. He can tell her.

            We heard about the caravan on the television. Some of us heard this and we started talking about it with each other, and we decided we would come here. The caravan was still in Honduras when we joined it. The trip was walking and then a ride.Walking then a ride. We’d ride on a truck or a bus, and then walk. In total,the trip took us twenty-two days. We would walk all day, for fifty kilometers,a hundred kilometers. The people in Mexico helped us: they gave us food and water. They were good to us. There were also many Americans. I saw them along the way. They came along with us. They had cars. They brought food. The trip was fairly good. Nothing happened, thank God.

            I have been here in the shelters for a month, this one and the other, Benito Juarez [Sports Center]. Here I am just waiting. I have a number to cross, but I don’t know how many people are able to cross each day because of the numbers. [He showed me the certificate with his number. It is an official looking document with his picture printed on it.] When my number is called, I will go there and ask them to help me. I will ask them for asylum or for permission to work or something. I talked a little bit with someone about asylum, so that we can be safe over there, but I don’t know what will happen to me.

            [I tell him that asylum is for those who are afraid of going back, who would be in danger if they went back. I ask him if he feels this danger.] Yes, I am in danger with a person in Honduras. I can’t tell you about it, just that it has to do with this one person. It is a private matter with a person there.

            If I get to the United States, I hope to work. I worked on ranches, and with horses. I can work on horse ranches. In the United States the horses are in stables. I can do everything in a stable.

            I don’t want to stay in Mexico because it’s the same [as Honduras]. There’s no money and there’s a lot of danger here as well. There are many here who will pick fights, who are selfish. I don’t like the people. If I can’t cross, I think I will go back [to Honduras. But I’m not going to make it here. [I tell him there is assembly work in factories here, but he is not interested.]

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