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The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother. Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable. The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother. Books related to Enrique's Journey. More By Sonia Nazario. PRAISE FOR ENRIQUE'S JOURNEY she refuses to subject her children to the dangerous journey. Minor tells me about his perilous hitchhiking journey.

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Alone now, he and his father's elderly mother share a shack 30 feet square. Maria Marcos built it herself of wooden slats. Enrique can see daylight in the cracks. It has four rooms, three without electricity. There is no running water. Gutters carry rain off the patched tin roof into two barrels. A trickle of cloudy white sewage runs past the front gate.

On a well-worn rock nearby, Enrique's grandmother washes musty used clothing she sells door to door. Next to the rock is the latrine--a concrete hole.

Beside it are buckets for bathing. The shack is in Carrizal, one of Tegucigalpa's poorest neighborhoods. Sometimes Enrique looks across the rolling hills to the neighborhood where he and his mother had lived and where Belky still lives with their mother's family. They are six miles apart. They hardly ever visit. It is enough for food, but not for school clothes, fees, notebooks or pencils, which are expensive in Honduras.

There is never enough for a birthday present. But Grandmother Maria hugs him and wishes him a cheery "Feliz cumpleanos! After he turns 10, he rides buses alone to an outdoor food market. He stuffs tiny bags with nutmeg, curry and paprika, then seals them with hot wax.

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He pauses at big black gates in front of the market and calls out, "Va a querer especias? Who wants spices? Grandmother Maria cooks plantains, spaghetti and fresh eggs. Now and then, she kills a chicken and prepares it for him.

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In return, when she is sick, Enrique rubs medicine on her back. He brings water to her in bed. Every year on Mother's Day, he makes a heart-shaped card at school and presses it into her hand. But she is not his mother.

Enrique longs to hear Lourdes' voice. His only way of talking to her is at the home of a cousin, Maria Edelmira Sanchez Mejia, one of the few family members who have a telephone.

His mother seldom calls. One year she does not call at all. Better to send money, Lourdes replies, than burn it up on the phone. But there is another reason she hasn't called. A boyfriend from Honduras had joined her in Long Beach. She unintentionally became pregnant, and now he has been deported. She and her new daughter, Diana, 2, are living in a garage, sometimes on emergency welfare.

It is no substitute for her presence. Belky, now 9, is furious about the new baby. Their mother might lose interest in her and Enrique, and the baby will make it harder to wire money and save so she can bring them north. For Enrique, each telephone call grows more strained. Because he lives across town, he is not often lucky enough to be at Maria Edelmira's house when his mother phones. When he is, their talk is clipped and anxious. Quietly, however, one of these conversations plants the seed of an idea.

Unwittingly, Lourdes sows it herself. She avoids an answer. Instead, she promises to send for him very soon. It had never occurred to him: If she will not come home, then maybe he can go to her. Neither he nor his mother realizes it, but this kernel of an idea will take root. From now on, whenever Enrique speaks to her, he ends by saying, "I want to be with you. How can she justify leaving her children if she returns empty-handed?

Four blocks from her mother's place is a white house with purple trim. It takes up half a block behind black iron gates. The house belongs to a woman whose children went to Washington, D. Lourdes cannot afford such a house for her mother, much less herself. But she develops a plan. She will become a resident and bring her children to the United States legally. Three times, she hires storefront immigration counselors who promise help.

A woman in Long Beach, whose house she cleans, agrees to sponsor her residency. But the counselors never deliver. Christmas arrives, and he waits by the door.

She does not come. Every year, she promises. Each year, he is disappointed. Confusion finally grows into anger. I miss her," he tells his sister. I see so many children with mothers. I want that. He tells her that he doesn't think she is coming back. To himself, he says, "It's all one big lie. The coyotes, as they are called, are often alcoholics or drug addicts.

Sometimes they abandon their charges. There are too many gangs, drugs and crimes. In any event, she has not saved enough. Enrique despairs. He will simply have to do it himself. He will go find her.

He will ride the trains. Don't even joke about it, she says. It is too dangerous. Be patient. He refuses to make his Mother's Day card at school.

He begins hitting other kids. He lifts the teacher's skirt. He stands on top of the teacher's desk and bellows, "Who is Enrique?

Three times, he is suspended. Twice he repeats a grade. But Enrique never abandons his promise to study. Unlike half the children from his neighborhood, he completes elementary school.

There is a small ceremony. A teacher hugs him and mutters, "Thank God, Enrique's out of here. But nobody from his mother's family comes to the graduation. Now he is 14, a teenager. He spends more time on the streets of Carrizal, which is quickly becoming one of Tegucigalpa's toughest neighborhoods. His grandmother tells him to come home early. But he plays soccer until midnight. He refuses to sell spices. It is embarrassing when girls see him peddle fruit cups or when they hear someone call him "the tamale man.

She is not his mother, he tells her, and she has no right to tell him what to do. He stays out all night. His grandmother waits up for him, crying. I am going to send you away. No one loves me. She only wants him to work and to be honorable, so that he can hold his head up high.

He replies that he will do what he wants. Enrique has become her youngest child. If you do, all this is yours. But her own children say Enrique has to go: She is 70, and he will bury her, all right, by sending her to the grave. Sadly, she writes to Lourdes: You must find him another home.

To Enrique, it is another rejection. First his mother, then his father and now his grandmother. Lourdes arranges for a brother, Marco Antonio Zablah, to take him in. Her gifts arrive steadily. She is proud that her money pays Belky's tuition at a private high school and eventually a college, to study accounting. Kids from poor neighborhoods almost never go to college.

Money from Lourdes helps Enrique too, and he realizes it. If she were here, he knows where he might well be: scavenging in the trash dump across town. Lourdes knows it too; as a girl, she herself worked the dump. Enrique knows children as young as 6 or 7 whose single mothers have stayed at home and who have had to root through the waste in order to eat.

Truck after truck rumbles onto the hilltop. Dozens of adults and children fight for position. Each truck dumps its load. Feverishly, the scavengers reach up into the sliding ooze to pluck out bits of plastic, wood and tin.

The trash squishes beneath their feet, moistened by loads from hospitals, full of blood and placentas. Occasionally a child, with hands blackened by garbage, picks up a piece of stale bread and eats it. As the youngsters sort through the stinking stew, thousands of sleek, black buzzards soar in a dark, swirling cloud.

A year after Enrique goes to live with his uncle, Lourdes calls--this time from North Carolina. Here people are less hostile. Work is plentiful. She has met someone, a house painter from Honduras, and they are moving in together.

Enrique misses her enormously. But Uncle Marco and his girlfriend treat him well. Marco is a money changer on the Honduran border, and his family, including a son, lives in a five-bedroom house in a middle-class neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. Uncle Marco gives Enrique a daily allowance, buys him clothes and sends him to a private military school.

Enrique runs errands for his uncle, washes his five cars, follows him everywhere. His uncle pays as much attention to him as he does his own son, if not more. Although he is in his teens, Enrique is small, just shy of 5 feet, even when he straightens up from a slight stoop. He has a big smile and perfect teeth. His uncle trusts him, even to make bank deposits.

He tells Enrique, "I want you to work with me forever. The guard has a son 23 years old, and the slaying impels the young man to go to the United States. He comes back before crossing the Rio Grande and tells Enrique about riding on trains, leaping off rolling freight cars and dodging la migra, Mexican immigration agents.

Because of the security guard's murder, Marco swears that he will never change money again. A few months later, though, he gets a call. Uncle Marco promises that this will be the last time.

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Enrique wants to go with him. Advertisement But his uncle says he is too young. He takes one of his own brothers instead. Robbers riddle their car with bullets.

Enrique's uncles careen off the road. The thieves shoot Uncle Marco three times in the chest and once in the leg. They shoot his brother in the face. To evade Mexican police and immigration authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call El Tren de la Muerte—The Train of Death. Enrique pushes forward using his wit, courage, and hope—and the kindness of strangers. It is an epic journey, one thousands of immigrant children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.

People Out of Place: Kennedy Journalism Awards. Nazario grew up in Kansas and Argentina. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. For more information, visit www. To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau atwww.

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