Darwin Duarte

Student, East Side High School

At age 17, Darwin started his journey to Newark from Honduras in search of opportunity. He did not have enough money for the trip, so he and his cousin chose the only option they had. They would hide in abandoned buildings and, as the trains went past, they would run and jump onto the back or top of the trains and ride until the next stop, where they would start the process again. If the trains were going too fast, the already dangerous journey became fatal for some. Darwin and his cousin were separated at the start, but after the risky, solo journey, he is proud to attend school in Newark and work for a better life for himself and his grandparents back in Honduras.


A long journey from Honduras for a better future
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