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In "Solito, Solita," young refugees from Central America tell their own stories

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from young refugees who fled Central American countries in search of safety in the United States.

Several of these stories are captured as oral histories in the new book Solito, Solita, which means alone, alone. The narrators describe why they fled, what happened on their dangerous journeys, and for some, their struggles to survive in the US. What do their stories tell us about migration, xenophobia, and misinformation in the US?

 

Guests:

Steven Mayers, writer, oral historian, professor at City College of San Francisco, and co-editor of Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America

Jonathan Freedman, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, author, mentor, and co-editor of Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America

Gabriel Méndez, student at UC Berkeley, originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Soledad Castillo, graduate of San Francisco State University, originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Web Resources:

Voice of Witness: Solito Solita

The Guardsman: Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist develop ‘Solito, Solita’

Voice of Witness: 10 Actions to Support Refugees from Central America

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.