Sarah Jane Brian 2015-07-13 04:13:56
VOCABULARY Barbed wire: wire with sharp points along it, used for fences Legal: allowed by law Fled: ran away from danger Perilous: extremely dangerous Adjusting: getting used to something To stay safe, Dulce left behind her home country—and said goodbye to everything she had ever known. It was the middle of the night in the spring of 2009. In the darkness, Dulce (DOOL-say) Medina, then 10, walked as quietly as she could. In front of her was a man who knew the way—a guide. He led a group of more than a dozen people. Among them was Dulce’s little sister, who was only 6 years old. The group walked for hours. They crossed a river and ran through plants covered in sharp thorns. Dulce remembers squeezing through an opening in a fence made of barbed wire. That long, scary night was just part of Dulce’s journey to the United States. She and her sister were coming from Guatemala, a country in Central America. They couldn’t take a plane because they didn’t have legal permission to come to the U. S. That’s why Dulce and the others had to stay quiet and travel in darkness. If they were found by U.S. officials, they would be sent back home. But the girls and their family didn’t feel that they had a choice. Life in Guatemala had become too dangerous. Living in Fear For hundreds of years, people have moved to the U. S. in search of a better life. Some have come to find jobs or land to farm. Others wanted freedom to practice a particular religion. Dulce fled to the U.S. for safety. In Guatemala, she says, “there was a lot of violence.” Gangs were everywhere, and police were rarely around. “I was scared to walk to school every day,” says Dulce. A woman Dulce knew was shot in the street. No one called the police. Witnesses were afraid that gangs would hurt anyone who spoke up. The woman survived, but no one was arrested for the crime. One day, a man tried to attack Dulce. She was able to run away, but she was terrified. At the time, Dulce lived with an aunt. Dulce’s father had died in a car accident years before. After the accident, Dulce’s mom couldn’t make enough money to survive . she moved away to find work and sent money back to Guatemala for Dulce and her little sister, Yeimi (JAY-mee). After Dulce was attacked, family members decided to get the sisters to safety in the U.S. They paid guides thousands of dollars to help Dulce and Yeimi make the perilous journey. A New Start After days of travel, Dulce and Yeimi made it to Texas. Then, for three more days, they rode in a van headed north. It was hot and crowded, and they had little food or water. Because they were small, Dulce and Yeimi had to ride underneath the seats. Finally they made it to a relative’s home in New York. They were safe at last. Soon, Dulce started going to school. It was exciting and different. Back in Guatemala, there were not enough classrooms. Dulce often had class outside in the hot sun. But adjusting to her new school was hard. “I was bullied because I didn’t understand English,” says Dulce. Dulce worked hard to learn English. She spent hours studying, and she went on to win many awards in school. Dulce was thrilled to have so many opportunities to learn— opportunities she didn’t have in Guatemala. Sharing Her Story Dulce, now 17, is grateful to all the teachers who helped her succeed. She is also thankful that her future in the U.S. is now secure. In 2013, a judge decided that Dulce and Yeimi could legally stay in the U.S. In 2014, Dulce spoke to members of Congress. She wanted to tell them about the dangers faced by kids like her. Should children threatened by violence in other countries be allowed to live in the U.S.? Americans disagree on the answer. But Dulce hopes other kids can find safety like she did. “They are in desperate need of help,” she says. You’ve just read the article “I Fled in Terror.” Now it’s time to take our quiz. Good luck! WHAT TO DO: Fill in the bubble next to the best answer for questions 1 to 5. Write your answer for question 6 on the lines below. What is the main idea of this article? A Dulce Medina was bullied in school. B Dulce came to the U.S. to escape violence in her home country. C Gang violence is not a big problem in Guatemala. D Dulce spoke to members of Congress Why do you think the author included Dulce’s quote “I was scared to walk to school every day”? A to show that Dulce didn’t like going to classes outside B to show how far away her school was C to show how the violence around her made her feel D to show that there were no school buses in her town in Guatemala In the section “Sharing Her Story,” what does the word secure mean? A scary B certain C difficult D exciting Which phrase from the text helps you understand the meaning of secure? A “Dulce spoke to members of Congress” B “a judge decided that Dulce and Yeimi could legally stay” C “the dangers faced by kids like her” D “Dulce, now 17, is grateful” You can tell from clues in the text that Dulce __. A is doing well in school B wants to move to Texas C was not nervous when she spoke to members of Congress D doesn’t remember her life in Guatemala Dulce had many difficult experiences during her journey from Guatemala to New York. Write down two difficult experiences that are mentioned in the text. (Hint: Look back at the first section of the article and at the section “A New Start.”)
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