[BOOK] The Far Away Brothers Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life ¶ Lauren Markham – doctorio.us
Lauren Markham Ö 5 review35 starsThe Far Away Brothers is an account of the horrific life led by thousands in El Salvador It s about the issues and dangers lurking in and around the region and how the only option left for what seems like safety is to flee and make a new life for oneself on an alien land But does fleeing ut an end to the miseries Families are left separated and broken They are forced to face injustice and ill treatment towards their kin and themselves The area ruled by gangs has only violence and death to offer So does the fleeing I was completely clueless about what these Aztlan people go through until I read this book Now I carry aerspective of and It s an
interesting story thestory the reason I kept reading but the writing was very bad 3 things annoyed me the most Way too much unimportant statistics made it seem like a research aper at times No ending at all Too many unnecessary boring dialogs details etc This story deserves so much attention that it has gotten Lauren Markham was working in a California school when she came across the Flores twins names were changed who found themselves forced to leave their iece of rural El Salvador because a local gangster a relative in fact turned against them She has a fine sense of the deep and varied emotions they and their relatives felt in the United States and El Salvador of the strange and often cruel intricacies of the American asylum system of the Paris Encore (Zion Covenant, pain that beingoor in either country imposes on a family especially among members who may never see each other again Her Boyfriends from Hell portraits of family members andlaces in both countries sound authentic the Battered Not Broken piety and devotion of thearents the raging emotions hormones and devotion to social media which
Gets Them In Greatthem in great of the younger members the enormous What Ive Become (The Humanity Within Book 1) pressure of gangslace on boys in El Salvador the desperate unrealistic reliance of the The Contemporaries poor relations in the old country on the lessoor children who have made it across The Flores twins have at least a route to staying in the country having arrived barely as minors while an older brother having worked diligently for years has none The most gripping UML Weekend Crash Course [With CDROM] portion of the book is the recounting of the twins journey to the United States which is many of the themes that migrants often suffer but do not always care to reveal than the deprivation the hunger the thirst the shoes and clothes that fall apart on the way the corpses but the violence and rape Markham brings this all together with a fine eye for detail and an understanding of the contradictory impulses and emotions not just between the members of the family but within each of them She has a fine sense of theolicy implications without every becoming didactic or olemical But there is no mistaking that what has happened in Mexico and Central America is a deep and disturbing tragedy one funded by drug money from the United States authored by gangs created by deportees FROM THE UNITED STATES INFLAMED BY the United States inflamed by exported from the United States and rooted in the United States olicy funding and military tra. The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California fighting to survive to stay and to belongGrowing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States the faraway land of skyscrapers and Nikes while his identical twin Raul never felt that northbound tug But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's brutal gangs he is forced to flee the countr. Ining in the region during the eighties when El Salvador assassinated archbishops and nuns with impunity and Guatemala almost exterminated at least one Mayan tribe Yet these refugees fleeing violence with virtually nothing many of them women and children are what the well fed very comfortable extremely well rotected President and Attorney General and their many retweeters fear What fools some mortals be To solve a Indulge (Warm Delicacy, problem one must understand what caused it and address its root causes That is a hard thing reuiring work and effort and creative thinking Why not just make theroblem illegalWe have been trying that and it does not seem to work Just say no to sex or drugs Tabloid City prison sentences for drugossession throwing a Kirkland Revels pregnant teenage daughter out of the house none of these ever solved anythingIllegal immigration has become the issue of the day under theresent administration Migrants have been arrested abused sent back and yet come Build a wall we are told that will keep them out I doubt
It There Is A Reason Why People Leave Their HomelandThere is a reason why To Him Who Sits on the Throne people leave their homeland family and the reasons are rarely triteIn her timely book The Far Away Brothers Lauren Markham tells the story of the twin Flores brothers who flee El Salvador to join their undocumented migrant brother in America We learn about their lives in El Salvador about their families the challenges they faced on their journey north and the multiple difficulties of their lives in the United StatesMarkham who has reported on undocumented immigration for a decade spent two years researching for this booklus she draws from her experience working with immigrant students at Oakland International High School She chose to write about twins to illustrate how each immigrant has immigrant students at Oakland International High School She chose to write about twins to illustrate how each immigrant has own motivation and individual response to the experienceIn the ast the draw to the United States was for economic opportunity and security Today migrants leave their homes to escape the domination and violence of the gangs who have taken over ower Last year 60000 unaccompanied minors entered the United States most from Guatemala Honduras and El Salvador the murder capital of the world When one of the Flores twins is targeted by their uncle s gang he decides he must leave to survive and his twin brother joins him The boys family Youth, Beautiful Youth puts their livelihood at risk by offering the their land as security to raise money for transport to the border They falsely assume the debt can beaid off uickly once the boys get jobs but the interest blows their debt up to 20000The journey leaves its sychic scars one twin has nightmares and cannot talk about what he had seen To stay in America the boys must be in school under their older brother s authority Somehow they must also earn money to start aying off their debt to the coyotes They are teenagers too who are finally free and they don t always handle that freedom well Readers may not always like the boys but hopefully they will understand their fears confusion and motivationsThe author is not afraid to offer a Fault Lines paragraph on Americanolicies that Y and Raul because he looks just like his brother follows close behind away from one danger and toward the great American unknownIn this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen year old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert into the hands of immigration authorities and from there to their estranged older brother's custody in Oakland CA Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating Ave contributed to the Central American catastrophe supplying weapons
and by creating free trade deals that hurt small farmers Then there is the of large corporations that boughtby creating free trade deals that hurt small farmers Then there is the legacy of large corporations that bought land for farming controlling resources and the economic benefitsAs Markham writes People migrate now for the same reason they always have survival Investment in improving educational and economic opportunities addressing the root causes of migration would be a better use of federal funds than building a wallI read Eniue s Journey by Sonia Nazario about ten years ago Here is what she had to say about The Far Away Brothers PowerfulFocusing Hunt for 901 primarily on one family s struggle to survive in violence riddled El Salvador by sending some of its members illegally to the USthis compellingly intimate narrativekeenly examines thelights of juveniles sent to America without adult supervisionOne of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario s Enriue s Journey KirkusI received a free ebook through First to Read in exchange for a fair and unbiased review I REALLY like this book It is informative about the situation in El Salvador about unaccompanied migrant minors in the US and is also remarkably well written The author is a journalist a reporter and an author She has worked with young migrants at Oakland International High School located in the Bay area of northern California The school is dedicated to teaching immigrant kids English Lauren Markham is writing about what she knows and cares about and it shows Anyone can compile a mass of statistics Chasing After Infinity put it together and call it a book This book is not like that In this book El Salvador s gang violence is brought close to the reader What is it really like to be a young migrant alone in a foreign country very different from your own What horrors have these kids experienced before getting to the US The book follows the experiences of identical twins They are seventeen at the start and we follow them for two years We learn of their family situation and why they had to leave El Salvador Their experiences become our experiences Their experiences are made into something you feel It is the ability of the author to write well that makes this such a good book The writinguts you there in the events and in the heads and hearts of the twinsThe book concludes with an Afterword and a chapter entitled Methodology These chapters are extremely important Without these two chapters the book would be of less value The author explains how and why she wrote the book She also summarizes the changes she believes must be made to improve the situation that exists in Central America today and why the US must take actionThe audiobook is narrated by Cassandra Campbell The narration is very well erformed It is read with feeling but not overdone The only reason I have not given the narration
five stars isstars is the Afterword and Methodology chapters are read too uickly Here I had to rewind many times These chapters are certainly just as important as the rest of the boo. New school in a new language working to ay down their mounting coyote debt and facing their day in immigration court while also encountering the triumphs and Captain China Volume 1 pitfalls of life as American teenagers girls grades Facebook with only each other for support With intimate access and breathtaking range Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuancedortrait of Central America's child exodus an investigation of US immigration Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication policy and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experien.