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U is the Unaccompanied Minor

U is the unaccompanied minor –

Helpless, confused, a child alone

Tears that say, “I don’t understand-

Mom, Dad, when can I come home?”


I chose this as the theme for my work because the thought of a child being separated from his or her parents touched my heart. These children, many who are very young, do not understand what has happened. A child’s greatest fear is abandonment and I wonder how can anyone explained to them that their parents had no choice. I can only imagine the helplessness, panic and absolute terror both the children and parents are experiencing. Having these feelings is something no parent or child should experience. How can a child understand what adults cannot explain?

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