Martina is a forty-year old woman from Todos Santos, Guatemala. After her village was attacked by soldiers during the armed conflict in Guatemala, Martina and her family fled to Mexico where they lived for many years. When she finally returned to home to Guatemala, she was persecuted for being a “refugee.” She was forced to flee from village to village, never long enough to call any place home, until she fled permanently to the United States with her daughter.
Martina speaks an indigenous Maya language called Mam and does not speak any English or Spanish. Having never been to school, she is unable to read or write. But with SJC’s services, she and her daughter are now able to call the United States their home.
Listen to Martina below.