5-year-old immigrant woman who drowned attempting to return to US wished to assist disabled brother

5-year-old immigrant woman who drowned attempting to return to US wished to assist disabled brother

A five-year-old immigrant woman who drowned attempting to cross the Rio Grande into the US left her nation together with her mom so they may earn cash in America to ship again to a disabled youthful brother, in line with relations.

Little Margaret Sofia and her mom, Silvia García, have been caught within the monsoon-swollen waters of the river Monday afternoon as they tried to cross illegally into El Paso Texas, Mexican authorities mentioned.

The mom was holding her younger daughter when the five-year-old was swept away by the present. Her physique was later recovered by Mexican rescuers, devastating video confirmed.

Margaret Sofia would inform her brother that she would care for him when she’s older.
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“What she wished, at her younger age, was a greater future for her little brother,” Sofia’s aunt, Rosa García, advised a Guatemala information present. “She would inform him, ‘Little brother, I’m going to go (to America) and I’ll ship you cash.”

From a humble residence in Esquipulas, Guatemala with unfinished flooring, Sofia’s aunts described her as a contented and playful little one. Sofia’s youthful brother quietly sat on a chair close to a photograph of his older sister whose dream of taking good care of him died together with her.

“She would care for her little brother and inform him that when she grew up, she was going to care for him,” mentioned Sofia’ aunt, Heidi García.

García's family has not been able to reach her since the tragic accident.
Silvia García stays in a hospital in Mexico.
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García’s sisters mentioned she was a single mom who couldn’t afford to provide her son the medical care he wanted in Guatemala. Whereas not naming his situation, they added that look after disabled kids shouldn’t be accessible of their nation.

“She determined to go to America to provide him a greater life, to pay for a therapy to see if he’d have the ability to stroll — that’s why she determined to depart,” mentioned García’s sister.

The mom and daughter’s American dream became a nightmare, as García, who survived and is now at a Mexican hospital, watched her daughter slip away to her loss of life.

García’s rescue from the Rio Grande was additionally photographed — exhibiting her in a determined state earlier than her daughter’s physique was recovered.

The mom and daughter deliberate to fulfill up with García’s sister who’s already in Kansas.

As an alternative, García’s sisters within the US and Guatemala pleaded for assist to get Sofia’s physique again to their hometown so she might be buried. The kin say communication with each the Guatemalan and Mexican governments has been gradual and the household doesn’t have the estimated $6,500 it should take to fly Sofia’s physique again to her nation.

In addition they haven’t been capable of attain García, who they hope individuals gained’t decide for her choice to danger her daughter’s life for an opportunity at a greater life.

“Typically individuals decide with out understanding the truth, however we don’t know what they’re going by way of,” mentioned Heidi García. “There’s a saying that when you have sufficient to eat, who’re you to disclaim another person a lifestyle.”

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