Annie Oosterwyk's Reviews > Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
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Jan 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: social-and-environmental-issues, coming-of-age
Read in October, 2011

This is a heartwrenching story of families ripped apart by poverty and distance. Mothers are forced by the abandonment of a mate, and lack of work and opportunity to emigrate to the US so they can feed their children. It is a choice between two evils as their children are starved of love instead of food.
Some of these children, choose instead to follow their mothers to the US, riding trains and braving gangsters, coyotes, hunger, beatings and worse. Even when they do rejoin their mothers, there is still the pain and anger of the perceived desertion to face.
Sonia Nazario does a great job of using one child to give a face to the lwidespread social problem and explaining how such an unthinkable thing can occur on such a big scale. She considers the low wages paid by multi-national companies, lack of education, drugs, pregnancies, split families, etc...... and shows us how complicated immigration issues truly are.

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