Lilianis, su marido y sus hijos se fueron de Venezuela por necesidad, no porque quisieran. La vida económica y política de su país estaba en crisis y no podían mantenerse como familia.
Our Border Brothers & Sisters
The “Our Border Brothers and Sisters” blog series presents first-hand stories from our sisters and associates who have border experiences they would like to share. We hope these stories will open us to seeing and understanding our brothers and sisters in greater depth because, as Colum McCann once said: “You can’t hate someone when you know their story.”
Lilianis, her husband, and her children left Venezuela out of necessity, not because they wanted to. Economic and political life was in crisis in their country and they could not support themselves as a family.
I learned not just about how an Afghani family lives, what foods they eat, how they arrange their furniture, why they leave their shoes outside on the porch and how marriages are performed, I also received a warm welcome from each family member when I entered the home. In short, I felt very comfortable being with an Afghani family of the Muslim faith.
These two stories come from sisters who have traveled to Mexicali, Mexico with the new organization Border Compassion. Its mission is to invite faith communities to cross over at the U.S./Mexico border and offer a compassionate humanitarian response.