I left my country, customs and life

Without my own decision, 

I left my country, customs and life that I had already done 

to move into the unknown 

where I am supposed to have opportunities and a better quality of life. 

Arriving made me feel mixed feelings,

I did not imagine that it would hurt 

like this until I was in the moment.

Over time you get over it little by little and build your path for a “better life,” 

A way of life that you did not see  

in your country. 

After all, you leave the country, but not your life.

~ Verónica Estrella, 17 years old, Dominican Republic