A very, very quick update. This is the documentary I recommended in the last update, Which Way Home, about unaccompanied minors travelling from Central America to USA by train. I have found the full documentary on Youtube and I have posted it below. It has been on Channel 4 back home and it was made byRebecca Cammisa, who has turned out to be one of my heroes overnight. Very, very moving. Please watch it if you get the time. It’s a real eye-opener.
It has affected me personally. I have been talking a lot with a kid at Casa Alianza recently who is about 17 years old. I’ll call him B. He has tried to go to the US twice before. He has no parents. His brother is in Virgina. He wants to go again. He’s going with a boy who was in Casa Alianza in January. I have tried to make him think twice, but he is adamant that he is going. That’s that. But when you have nothing, just one member of your family living thousands of miles away, what would you do? Even if it meant losing your own life. Bravery is an understatement.
It reminds of the unaccompanied minors at the Refugee Council, who travelled from Afghanistan or Iraq or Africa alone. Then you think of all the kids who don’t make it, and it really hits home the problems there are in the world, what really is important life. Wayne Rooney missing three matches in the Euros for kicking someone? Fuck off. That’s not a problem. That’s a fair punishment for stupidity. Poverty, war, violations of human rights. And then you have dictators killing, soldiers raping, politicians robbing, gangs murdering, and peoples consciences go out the window, whether it’s Pepe Lobo or Robert Mugabe or David Cameron getting chummy with the banks.
These experiences really make you realise how lucky you are, but so frustrated at the same time.