They are a mass migration of thousands of young people from
Central America, yet each one travels alone: solito,
They are a mass
migration of thousands, yet each one travels alone. Solito,
Solita, (“Alone, Alone”), is a Voice of Witness collection of
oral histories that tell the stories of youth refugees fleeing their
home countries and traveling for hundreds of miles seeking safety and
protection in the United States.
narrators describe why they fled their homes, what happened on their
dangerous journeys through Mexico, how they crossed the border, and
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 immigrant 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 evocative stories
bring to light the experiences of young people struggling for a
better life across the border.