I left Honduras two and a half years ago with my oldest daughter. We arrived in Celaya in May 2019 and were begging in the street when we were hit by a car. The driver just drove off even though we were badly injured—our legs were crushed. Thank God for the people at Albergue ABBA, they came for me at the hospital and we’ve been given lots of support here. My daughter and I receive regular medical treatment from the onsite nurse. My daughter is now twelve and has also been getting school lessons at ABBA.
After the back-to-back hurricanes in 2020 there was no work in Honduras. I have three kids to support. Now they live in a shack along the river in San Pedro Sula, but I want them to have a real house. I arrived in Celaya on La Bestia (the train) and asked around for a safe place to stay. They told me to go to Albergue ABBA and I was welcomed here and given breakfast and fruit for the road.
I was riding on La Bestia and fell off the train in Saltillo. Another migrant fell on top of me. I lost a leg but the guy who fell on top of me was cut in half and died right there. The day of the accident, people were being robbed atop the train and there was panic among the migrants. In the chaos, I was pushed off the train. I don’t remember much, just waking up in the hospital in Saltillo. Once I was stable, they transferred me to ABBA. The people at ABBA are good people. I’ve been here two years now. They give me everything I need and I feel safe here. I have my prosthetic leg now and ABBA helps with my rehabilitation. There is a nurse here every day. The educational program is also very helpful. I didn’t complete 6th grade but at ABBA I’ve finished elementary school and I’m slowly working on my middle school degree. ABBA is also helping me get legal. Hopefully INM will give me status. I don’t know what will happen but Pastor Ignacio has been helping me with my immigration papers.