He’s living with a relative. There’s barely enough money for food and a deep-seated fear of what’s outside his home. Growing up, three of his friends were brutally murdered. His school is run by gangsters. He never knew his father. When he was 5, his mother, desperate to ensure his future, left because her only option was to find work in the U.S. Her last words to him were a promise: “I’ll be back soon.”
Sonia Nazario doesn’t work well chained to a desk. Clinging with bare hands to the top of a sizzling freight train, though, is a different story.
A little black bag, a pen, a notepad, some toilet paper, some money — Sonia Nazario didn’t carry much on her freight-train travels as she worked to document the journey thousands of immigrant children make each year, crossing through Central America and Mexico to reach the United States.
RUBY WALLAU | Staff Photographer A selection of books chosen for the 2015 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Young Readers…