Seperated Families

How must it be when your mum tells you that they she has to move to another country to work and earn money. You ask: ‘why you leave me? You don’t love me anymore? Who can I tell my secrets to?
She replies: ‘of course I love you, but I have to earn money so you can study and that you will have a future.’
She really left, all the way from our small village Chiquitoy in Northern Peru, to Santiago to works as a maid in a Chilean household.

As a witness we just notice that somebody moves to another place, we forget to imagine what it means if you were that person. We forget what it means to leave your friends, family and even your children behind. If we would know, we would understand the sacrifice this means.

Kadir van Lohuizen