Imagine that life in your country became so dangerous that you felt your only choice was to flee with your children, the clothes on your backs and a few treasured possessions. Imagine that, after a long journey into the unknown, you arrived at your destination, a place where you believed you and your children could finally be safe. But instead of being allowed to seek asylum, you’re put in a prison. All of your belongings are confiscated, and your children are taken from you. They tell you they’re just having a bath and getting clean clothes, so you don’t worry at first. But then they don’t bring them back and they won’t tell you where they are. Days and then weeks pass and you don’t know where your children are. And you can’t even pray.
Despite court ordered reunification, more than 700 children have still not been reunited with their parents. Seven hundred terrified children. And some of the parents have been deported without their children. How will they be reunited? How will these children survive the trauma of being wrenched from their parents and put in cages with other terrified children for weeks and months, not knowing where they are or if they’ll ever see their families again? How can the people who are making and executing these policies live with themselves? What are we doing?
My sincerest thanks to Tom Kiefer (@tomkiefer.photographer) for allowing me to use his photograph of confiscated and discarded rosaries as the inspiration for this piece. His powerful and beautiful collection of photographs of items confiscated from migrants, which he retrieved from garbage cans at the facility he worked at in Arizona until 2014, is entitled El Sueño Americano. You can see his work at www.tomkiefer.com.
This piece is called Sin Oraciones (Without Prayers) and it’s my submission to the PMQG Kaleidoscope Fabric Challenge. It measures 16.5” x 19”. It’s reverse appliqué without the appliqué. Swipe to see the back and Tom’s photo that was the inspiration for this piece. *
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