Story: We all have one. We all love to be heard too. It’s a sign of respect and honor. Respect and honor is something that doesn’t happen often to deported migrants. But at a recent meal, migrants at the Kino Border Initiative’s El Comedor a small one-room aid station in Nogales, Sonora, got the chance to tell their stories and be heard by Mexico’s ambassador to the United States and other politicians from Santa Cruz County. Many migrants spoke of their personal experiences, and their health and safety concerns. What mattered most was that somebody took the time to hear them out, to listen intently and to respond.
I’ve volunteered for many years at the El Comedor, and afterward, as handshakes were exchanged all around, I’ve never seen so many smiles as each migrant who wished to be heard was. It’s a small thing, but vitally important to remember in our humanitarian work.