Today we had a day of transition overall. We spent the morning at a home of migration that helps people who get deported back to Guatemala in ways of contacting others and transportation. We learned about the dangers faced by the people that are attempting migrating to America as well as how expensive it is to migrate. The people that attempt the journey must face obstacles that begin with accumulating $8,000 to $10,000 for the cost of the trip and guides. They then must possibly deal with the organized crime which might kill them if they refuse to help out, but one of the biggest problems they face is their vulnerability when they must completely rely upon their guide. They are abandoned, captured and sold, and abused during their period of vulnerability. If they end up deported the house of migration comes and helps them to get going again.
We have just finished up with our things in Guatemala City and have now arrived in our next area of the trip. Guatemala City was an amazing place to be with so many great things. However, as we are not just tourists we have seen both the good and the really bad. We have seen how the government likes to operate when not seen by people outside their country, but they act very different toward their people when international support is present.
It is nice to be in a smaller city and get to see more of the rural areas of Guatemala as well as to meet even more people. The people we meet here are very genuine in what they say and it is easy to tell that the topics we discuss that plague Guatemala are very sensitive. Everything here always seems fresh because the people we hear it from still experience things today. We have learned that the government really hasn’t changed since the war, but that its ways are still militaristic.