Juan was born in a small country far… far… faraway called Belize.
It is close to the South Pole. He never knew what happened to his dad. He grew up with his mom Maria in the countryside, where everyone is friendly, kind, caring, and generous.
I was inspired to write this story after watching the news about children being separated from their parents by our new Immigration policy. This unfortunate news also touches my own nerves. Thirty years ago I sought asylum as a victim of the Viet Nam War after sneaking out of the Communist-controlled country by boat. I had to face lots of danger including prison, hunger, thirst, ocean, sharks, pirates, cannibalism, and so on.
I was inspired to write this story after watching the news about children being separated from their parents by our new Immigration policy. They must feel extremely scared and sad to be taken away from their families and kept in secret places around America. They do not know the language, the culture, or anyone in the foreign land to make them feel safe and at peace. We were told only one little girl was able to memorize her aunt’s phone number in America and find some comfort and hope in being united with her family. The rest of the children who were caught in this barbaric Immigration policy was at the mercy of our American government. Their fate of being reunited with their families remains uncertain.
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