A Conga Line

Caravan 1A Visit from the Caravan of Central American Mothers

Every year at this time, I write about the arrival of the Caravan of Central American Mothers and their powerful and affecting work of searching for their missing children who have disappeared on Mexico’s migrant trail.

This year, I thought to myself, “Maybe the Casa community wants to hear about something ‘new'”? Yet after a truly unique experience at Tuesday’s dinner with the Caravan, I knew you would want to hear all about it.

As the Mothers walked up the stairs to the conference room with photos of their missing children hung around their necks, I was reminded of one of the Casa’s special commitments: to continue to share and bear witness to human rights struggles that no longer appear on the front page.

No one is sure how many migrants have gone missing in Mexico this past year, but estimates are in the tens of thousands. Many of the 30 mothers who are staying with us this week have not seen their children in years – they don’t know if their sons and daughters are alive or dead. The Caravan asks us for our solidarity: to search for their missing children, to remember all of the disappeared, and to call on our governments to take responsibility for protecting migrants.

Caravana 3Will you make a donation today to support the Casa’s solidarity work with the Caravan and other migrants?

Another of the Casa’s important commitments is to lift up the hope that we find in accompanying the Caravan each year. Since the first Caravan 11 years ago, the Mothers have reunited with 250 of their children. Amidst the suffering all around us, we remember that a small group of dedicated people can make a real difference! We see this with the Mothers, and we see it every day at the Casa.

And on Tuesday, a spirit of celebration was more alive than ever. That morning, Gloria, one of the Mothers from Nicaragua, heard from her long-lost sister. That evening, we gathered to provide a huge dinner to the Mothers, Casa-style, inviting friends, guests, volunteers, and partner organizations to share in our hospitality. While in past years the mood has been solemn, the event took a surprising turn when one of the Mothers suggested we put on some merengue. One by one, the Mothers hit the dance floor. By the end of the evening, we had all come together to form a conga line. And, as only can happen at Casa de los Amigos, we danced the night away in a spirit of communal celebration.

For nearly six decades, the Casa has been a unique stage for this dance between pain and joy, between tragedy and hope, a dynamic that people working for peace must always bear in mind. And who better to remind us of the importance of this dance that the Mothers.

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Thanks for all you do for the Casa and all those in need.