This spring, a wave of children showed up at the southern border of the United States, with no adult to care for them. The children were labeled “unaccompanied minors.”
The number of unaccompanied minors at the border was much higher this year than in previous years. But children with nowhere else to turn have long sought refuge in the United States. Many of them end up staying to make a life here.
Today, we have the story of one young man who arrived here years ago, when he was 17 years old.
His story begins like this:
Bueno, mi nombre es Erick Moya …
"My name is Erick Moya, I came from Honduras," continues his translator, Wilson Soliz, who works at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, the organization that helped Moya when he reached the United States.
"The reason I left Honduras was because my father killed my mother," Soliz continues. "And then we were left alone."