Despite what many of my friends and I joke about, this is not an attempt to be monitored by the Department of Homeland Security. Besides, I figured they were monitoring me already. I am not exactly shy about our situation, now am I?
Seriously, 2012 has been bad to the city of La Paz and seemingly to my family as well.
In the city, Swine Flu never really made an impact over these past few years; the common thought was that due to the high altitude and the low temperatures it just couldn’t seem to grab hold of the population like it did in other areas. However, something different is happening this winter; for starters, it has been extremely hot. Now, I am from Texas, I know what real heat is like, but for La Paz, this heat was unbearable and we have our first real outbreak of swine flu.
Now, apparently, two weeks ago (when no one was sick) testing was done free around the city. Now though, they cost the equivalent of $9.50 each. May not sound like much, but when you have a family of six sick and have to worry about paying bills and eating, you typically only get your kids tested, as we did this morning.
Yesterday, we made sure to find out where we could get testing done, you would think in a city as big as La Paz, you could go just about anywhere. Nope, only two locations in the city offer testing for swine flu. We also made sure to let them know we would be coming in the morning.
This morning was a nightmare, four sick kids, one with a high fever; all of which did not want to get out of bed. Still, we made it only to be argued with that we could not get the testing done. Now, I have no patience when my kids are sick; my husband of course had to handle it because I sound like I am stupid when I try and miserably fail at speaking Spanish. He, of course, convinced them to let us pay for the tests and get them done.
So as we waited in the waiting area, packed with sick people (not unlike ourselves), the morning show was on (Uno I think it is called) and the anchors of this show are talking about the group of Punk young adults that recently blew up an ATM in the wee mornings of the light. So, the masterminds father is apparently wealthy, so I guess he is pushing to get his daughter off. Anyways, the anchor goes on to say, “It’s okay that they blew up an ATM because it is a form of art.”
You got to be fucking kidding me. A form of Art, if that were true when the States bombed Hiroshima, it must of been a fucking masterpiece. Which it was not. Violence is NEVER OK. I don’t care if no one got hurt. You let these little Punks off now, it will escalate. What’s the next excuse? I am no fan of the banks by any means, but you just don’t go around blowing shit up.
Lets move on to 592 people, most of which are adolescents, who disappeared in the city of La Paz from January to May this year. Apparently, the local Special Police Force, think there is a gang of kidnappers. All, I know is, it is getting scary, kids are going missing everyday. This is not a big city, in the sense of where I am from. Approximately 800,000 people, and less than 10 million in the entire country, that to me at least, is not that many people. The worst part, the disappearances are continuing.
So if blowing shit up is a form of art then so is kidnapping innocent people.
All I know is, if something happens to one of my children, I will be extremely angry with my government. We should not be here, we do not belong, and because we are foreigners, we are easy targets. Sure, I could leave, uproot my children from their father. But, what further damage will that do to my children, to myself?
And the embassy has not even issued a warning! Really? No warning yet children are disappearing left and right.
When you are doing the immigration thing the right way, your life can be at risk. Right now, I have to wait for swine flu results for my children, hey at least they can’t go out and get kidnapped, right?
Is this enough hardship for you congress? How about you actually hold some fucking senate hearings and talk to our families before you decide to crucify more American’s because they fell in love with someone you don’t consider worthy.