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Crossing the border alone: Young refugees tell their stories in "Solito, Solita"

Artist: Christine Shields
Right: Portrait of Soledad Castillo



On this edition of Your Call, we'll talk about the realities of traveling to the US and crossing the border as a young person – alone.

In Solito, Solita, which means, "alone, alone", young refugees from Central America tell their own stories: Why they fled their homes, what they experienced on their path to the United States, and what they faced when they arrived and began shaping their new lives. What do refugee stories teach us about conflict, migration, and resilience?


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

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

Web Resources:

New York Times: 3-Year-Old Found Alone at Border Is One of Many ‘Heartbreaking’ Migrant Cases

BuzzFeed News: A 16-Year-Old Unaccompanied Immigrant Boy Has Died In US Government Custody

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 media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.