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Young Central American Refugees Share Their Stories In Their Own Words

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"Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America" is a new book that features the stories of 15 young migrants who left home to seek asylum in the U.S.

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Aired: May 1, 2019 | Transcript

Book cover "Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America."

Unaccompanied minors continue to make their way to the U.S.-Mexico border in large numbers.

Many of them come from Central American and often travel alone.

A new book documents the stories of young Central American migrants who left their home countries to seek asylum in the U.S. They reveal what they were escaping, what they endured along the journey and what the found once they got here.

Soledad Castillo left Honduras when she was 14. Her story is one of more than a dozen featured in "Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders With Youth Refugees From Central America."

The book was edited by Jonathan Freedman, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his editorials in the San Diego Tribune on immigration and the border.

Castillo and Freedman join Midday Edition Wednesday to talk about the plight of young immigrants.

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