by Rhina Paniagua
Carlitos an eight year old boy, is one of many kids that came during the child migration crisis earlier this year, he, as many others hopped to reunite with his family. He made his journey with his teenage cousin, they remained in detention in San Diego until his mom was able to contact the respective authorities and bring him home, this was a lengthy processes due to the overflow of children at the boarder. Fortunately for him the journey had a positive result, meeting his mom along with his two baby sisters.
He has faced many challenges among those meeting his step father and learning English. Not having had his mom growing up made it difficult for him once here, to share her, not only with her two younger sisters but with his step father, a male figure that he never had. He had been in the care of his maternal grandmother. As many other that are in similar situations it was extremely difficult also for his three year old sister who exhibit signs of jealousy as well as control over their mother, she was used to being the one that got all the attention but now with an older brother, she would push him away every time he would hug his mom.
All of these problems have eventually been conquered,he is having a closer relationship with his mom,sisters and stepfather.In school and has learned English pretty quickly, even though he is in a lower grade level than what he is supposed to be because of his age, he is soon moving up as he learns the new language. He seems happy and positive to his new life.
The lives of this kids are much more complex than what children at his age are supposed to be experiencing. However they are brave souls that traveled a long distance for a better future and that should be able to have it. Lets make conscience about this and try to help out those children in our communities by giving them the support they need.