There are so many sad stories coming out of Mexico after two weather systems battered several Mexican States leaving over 100 dead with hundreds of thousands displaced. For many American tourists, the combination of Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid resulted in fishing trips and other outings being cancelled as well as many tourists being stranded for a few days.
For Mexico’s poor, the results were far more catastrophic. Sixty-eight people of the approximately 800 who live in a village called la Pintada in the state of Guerreo are missing and feared dead. Mothers wept for their children who were swept away when a tsunami of dirt, trees, rocks and other debris swept through the town forcing poorly constructed wooden houses into an already swollen river.
Senor Esteban Balderama Hays from the Sinaloa Tourism Department was on the Phil Friedman Outdoors Radio Show on Friday for the Spanish Show and asked for help for the poor in this region. “We simply were not prepared for these two storms,” said Balderama Hays. “There are hundreds of thousands of displaced people who need help and I know how good and generous the people of the United States are. Even one dollar will help.”
As a young man, I live in the hills of Guerreo in an Amuzco Indian Village called Tlacoachistlahuaca. I remember the first day I met the local kids. I was teaching English but soon learned that many of the children didn’t speak Spanish rather they spoke their own dialect. It was not buenos dias; it was Shamalo every morning as these hard working, decent people went to work.
One 12 year old girl named Carmela later became my Godchild. When she first met me, she looked at my blue eyes and blurted out “ojos de gato.” Cat’s eyes. Upon completing the first day of teaching I told the kids who spoke Spanish that class would be at 10am every morning. Many had a blank stare when Carmela stood up and instructed me how to point at the sun to indicate when class would be. I never got that right and had kids arriving at the local Catholic Church all hours of the morning. The people of this region enriched my life and taught me so much more than I was able to impart to them. Now they are in need of our help.
So we can all feel sorry for the people of Mexico or we can do something positive. “The best way to help is to donate to the Mexican Red Cross,” said Balderama Hays. “No amount is too small and I have confidence that with the generosity of our brothers and sisters in the United States, we will come through this.”
Please help if you can and if you are not in a position to help now, keep these wonderful and resilient people in your thoughts and prayers.
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