Cuerpo y misterio. Visita al Centro de Detención Migratoria en Acayucan, Veracruz / Body and Mystery. Visit to the Immigration Detention Center in Acayucan, Veracruz.

Estacion Migratoria en Acayucan, Veracruz. Mexico / Detention Center in Acayucan, Veracruz.

Estacion Migratoria en Acayucan, Ver. Mexico / Detention Center in Acayucan, Ver. Mexico.

Por Jose Elias Ibarra, SJ

Rodeado de 15 jóvenes, un hombre de espaldas anchas jugaba cartas mientras orquestaba los temas de conversación del grupo. Cuando detectó mi presencia saludó, hizo un par de comentarios chuscos que provocaron un coro de risas. -Me llamo Lebron, ¡Quise detener el tren… pero no pude, me dejó!- dijo con tono sarcástico. Miró a su alrededor, extendió la mano izquierda y alguien le acercó una muleta con la que apoyó su cuerpo para suplir el pie que le hacía falta. -¿Tú crees que en estas condiciones me puedan dar permiso de quedarme en México? -Preguntó a la expectativa de un sí. -¡Aquí en México perdí la pierna!, ¿a quién puedo acudir? ¡La gente me conoce y sabe que lo que siempre he deseado es trabajar!-

¿Qué parte del cuerpo es argumento suficiente para reconocerle, para darle lugar en mi país, o en otro? En su país, así como en muchos lugares, socialmente tiene amputadas las posibilidades de ser. Su  anhelo de trabajo no es para tener algo, sino de ser alguien, alguien que sea reconocido por lo que es y hace, por lo que su cuerpo y su vida pueden crear. La miseria gestionada por mafias políticas y callejeras, así como el infortunio que le ha tocado vivir no es impedimento para tener fe, para seguir esperando.

Lebron es migrante, tiene que gestionar la posibilidad de morar fuera de su país. Es anormal, tiene acento de extranjero, no tiene muchos estudios, viene de un contexto donde las posibilidades de ser alguien han sido coartadas por la violencia, la delincuencia y la pobreza. Alguien que no sea uno más de los explotados, amenazados o extorsionados de su país.

En su cuerpo está la experiencia de espera paciente de algo otro, la espera de posibilidades otras; no las ya fijadas, sino la novedad, algo que abra a la esperanza de vida mejor, la esperanza de no estar sujeto al miedo, a la zozobra, a la persecución. Dotar su vida de algo que lógicamente no estaba previsto, algo que salga de la tragedia, es a lo que llama misterio. Ese misterio, mediado por la gente que sorpresivamente ha irrumpido en su vida y ha abierto posibilidades donde no las había, es lo que Lebron me ha dicho, es Dios. Es en ese misterio donde aparece un aliado en el que se apoya y pone toda su esperanza.

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By Jose Elias Ibarra, SJ

Surrounded by 15 other young people, a broad-shouldered man was playing cards while carrying the conversation of the group. When he noticed I was present he greeted me, and made a series of joking comments that provoked much laughter from the others who were present. “I am Lebron, I wanted to stop the train … but I could not, the train left me!”, he said sarcastically. He looked around, held out his left hand and someone handed him a crutch with which he supported his body, which was missing one leg. “Do you think that in this condition I can get permission to stay in Mexico?”, he asked, expecting me to say yes. “Here in Mexico, I lost my leg! To whom can I turn? People know me and they know that I have always wanted to work!”

What part of the body is enough grounds to recognize a person, to make room in my country or another? In his country, as in many places, amputees have the potential to exist. His desire to work is not to be something but to be someone, someone to be recognized for what he is and does, so that his body and life can create. Policies that help perpetuate poverty, and the violence caused by street gangs, and the misfortunes he has experienced are not impediments to have faith, to keep waiting.

Lebron is a migrant, he has to manage the possibility of dwelling outside his country. He appears abnormal, he has a foreign accent, he does not have many studies, and he comes from a background where the chances of “becoming someone” were constrained by violence, crime and poverty. “Someone” other than one more of the exploited, threatened or extorted of his country.

In his body is the experience of patient waiting for something else, waiting for other possibilities; not those already set, but new ones, those which are open to the hope of a better life, hoping not to be subject to fear, anxiety, and persecution. The appearance in one’s life of something that obviously was not planned, something that comes out of tragedy, is what we call mystery. That mystery, mediated by people who have suddenly burst into his life and opened possibilities where none existed, is where Lebron told me God can be seen. It is in this mystery where an ally appears in which he can rest and put all his hope.

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  1. aolayo

    Thanks for this homes!

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