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Time to stop violence

By Youjenda Thelemarc  |   From : Haiti  |   School : Glades Central High School (FL)

My name is Youjenda Thelemarc. I´m from Gonaives, Haiti. I’m 18 years old, and I came to the United States when I was 15. I’m here, because my grandfather and my grandmother came to the United States. This was not something easy for me, because a lot of things happened to me, and I think if my mother was here the challenges I have had would be easier.  Some people in my family ignore; I sometimes go for a week without food.  They don’t even ask me what I eat. Everytime I think about my mother, I cry so much. This makes me think a mother is really important. I pray to God for my mother to come here so I can live a better life and make her and my father proud of me.Sometimes I think that living without your family is not a good thing, but sometimes you know you don’t have a choice. You accept what life gives you; life is something that one day makes you happy, and another day changes. I have never understood that, and I ask myself why life is like that. One thing I always do is be careful I my life, because the United States is not a bad country, but some teenagers do bad things here.  Almost everyday I see on the PBSO news on social media something happening. I see teenagers like me going to jail, because they stealing or killing people and being violent.  It is time for us to stop violence and stop crime.  If we stop all that stuff, we would have a better country. I see a lot of examples of crime in Belle Glade.  Belle Glade is a small town also known as Muck City, but it is dangerous here.  A lot of bad thing happen here right in front of me.  Working in America is not something easy; for example working in the fields is not easy.  My father always wakes up at 5 o’clock to go to work and comes back home at 6 at night.  That not easy for him. He has to stand up in the field and cut cane; sometimes the sun is hot, but he doesn’t have any choice, because he doesn’t speak English. That is all I have learned from America.

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