EMETERIA, THE STORY OF A STRUGGLE
Emeteria has supported mothers in grief for more than two decades. Today, 8th of January 2013 she has passed away, she leaves as an icon of hope and resistance.
Doña Emeteria had spent 21 years looking for her daughter, Ada. She left Honduras on August 9, 1989, like many migrants, seeking better economic opportunities in another country. She left a 9-month-old baby and a three-year-old girl in the care of her mother.
But for the next twenty years, Ada never communicated with her family. Emeteria never tired of looking for her daughter, even though people around her thought that her search was in vain. It was most likely that her daughter had died on the way.
Doña Emeteria participated the formation of a list of missing migrants, put together by a journalist in Honduras. Through this, she met other mothers like her, who never stopped searching for their missing children. They decided to channel their collective pain, anguish, despair and frustration at the lack of response by the authorities and form Cofamipro (Comité de familias de Progresso, Honduras).
They began to record all cases of migrants who had disappeared in their community, initially had more than 100 mothers a week recording their missing. Gradually the committee took force and other committees encouraged to emerge in other cities. Thus have finished working with Migrant Network, Human Mobility and many other organizations in Honduras and International.
In 2006 the first caravan came to Mexico to try to find missing family members and make networks with Mexican organizations, such as the Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano, which has picked up this fight and organized and funded the subsequent caravans.
Cofamipro has not only been able to find many missing migrants, but its members participated in workshops on human rights, HIV, trafficking, women’s rights, and computer literacy. For women from poor backgrounds, some of whom were illiterate, working with Cofamipro has been life changing, giving them opportunities that were once unimaginable, like speaking directly to politicians and telling their stories from Washington, DC. to Mexico City.
Doña Emeteria, together with other founders of Cofamipro, is the essence of this organization, a tireless fighter, who, after 21 years of searching, found her daughter Ada, in Mexico City. Despite being 74 years old and having health problems, she remains an active member of Cofamipro, still accompanying the caravans, attending meetings, workshops, etc …
Because, as she says, “I found my daughter because many people supported us and those are things that you can not forget, my gratitude is life-long. I feel grateful to be able to give hope to other mothers. ”
Norma Price is an active member of Samaritans humanitarian organisation, in Tucson Arizona.
They provide medical care, food and water, to migrants that they encounter while crossing the desert.
Generally, they help migrants that have been left behind by their group and are in great need.
– NP “The one medicine we know that everybody needs is water, many people are not sick, they take the water and continue in their journey. If they are sick, we treat them and they continue if they can, or we call for medical assistance when necessary.”
She has written a book along with Kathryn Ferguson and Ted Parks called “Crossing with the virgin, Stories from the migraine trail” about stories of people crossing the US/Mexico border.
I will try to upload the interview that took place with this extraordinary women, as soon as I can compress it.