San Antonio Secortez, Guatemala-Nine-year-old Audel Caal brings a small arrangement of artificial white flowers as he diminishes the dirt course leading to his grandfather’s home in the rural Guatemalan town of San Antonio Secortez.
Paying attention to the details, he carefully positions the arrangement in a glass and aligns a framed photo of the younger sister, Jakelin.
“I’m actually unfortunate,” Audel states, fighting back tears. “We played a lot.”
Jakelin passed away previously this month while in the custody of the US Customs and Border Defense (CBP) company. She was 7 years old.
“We do not want what took place to us to take place to anybody else,” says Jakelin’s 61-year-old indigenous Q’eqchi’Maya grandpa, Domingo, who has actually lived in San Antonio Secortez given that its establishing more than 3 decades back.
“Migrants need more attention and security from the United States,” Domingo informs Al Jazeera. “Every day, there are thousands and thousands of people migrating all over the world.”
AJazeera Family disagreements United States story Jakelin died in CBP custody on December 8 after being detained together with her daddy, Nery, a day prior in New Mexico. US government officials initially declared the seven-year-old died of dehydration, however her dad refuted these claims. The main cause of death is pending as the autopsy outcomes are being settled.
The administration of US President Donald Trump blamed Jakelin’s daddy and individuals smugglers, typically described as coyotes, who led the pair, along with more than 150 more across the border.