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They name Gabriela Tree lady. Gabi climbs bushes to be close by of the eagles and watch the sunlight upward push into an empty sky. She is at domestic one of the outstretched branches of the Guatemalan forests. Then sooner or later from the security of a tree, Gabi witnesses the points of interest and sounds of an unspeakable bloodbath. She vows to be Tree woman not more and joins the hordes of refugees suffering to arrive the Mexican border. She has misplaced her complete family members; her whole village has been burnt up. but she clings to the wish that she's going to be reunited along with her youngest sister, Alicia. Over risky miles and months of starvation and thirst, Gabriela's look for Alicia and for a secure haven turns into a look for self. Having became her again on her personal id, can she desire to say a brand new existence? a long time 12+

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We all stood there stunned as Jorge was led away into the darkness. ” I whispered to Papí as the uniformed soldiers disappeared. The happiness and merriment of the moment before had been replaced by a sudden quiet fear. Papí shook his head, his face strained with worry. ” I asked. Again Papí shook his head. “I don’t know. ” Papí had told me about the co-op men, ordinary farmers like himself who were banding together with a common voice to get a good price for their crops. As it was, the Indios from the cantóns had to carry their crops for three or four hours to market.

Though he was shy, I knew Antonio was proud of me. “You are the first sister of mine to have a quinceañera,” he kept saying. My brother Lester was thirteen and the laziest of our family. He also was the most impulsive and short-tempered. ” I knew Lester’s voice held not one grain of sincerity. Lester always disappeared at the first hint of work. Two days before the celebration, Jorge needed help butchering the pig that Uncle Raphael gave us. He found Lester throwing corn husks at the dogs. ” he asked.

Papí unfolded the bundled shawl from his back and prepared for the giving of thanks. In front of the largest cave, he lit a large bundle of colored candles bound together so that they would burn as one on the ground. Then he lit small balls of the pine resin, trementina, in a bucket and added incense. He swung the smoking bucket in front of the flaming candles and voiced his thanks for hours. I sat quietly beneath a nearby tree and listened to every hypnotic word he spoke in our Indio language of Quiché.

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