Haitians go to Pilares in Milpa Alta to learn Spanish and even dance salsa


Many of them have not found work, so they spend their time learning the language.

Not only did they find in Milpa Alta a provisional place to continue with their dreams, but a space where there is no racism, but yes, love. About 15 migrants began to be seen by neighbors a month ago, at first with distrust, but little by little they received support.

They arrived in the capital of the country, from Tapachula, Chiapas, after having left Haiti due to the situation.

On the morning of December 5, as they usually do, they left the house they live in to walk to the Pilares de San Salvador Cuauhtenco where they have been practicing Spanish for two weeks to be able to function better.

Many of them have not found work, so they spend their time learning the language, the basics, without entering into the idioms that enrich this language.

One of those in charge of taking them to this center was Alejandra Báez Mora, coordinator leader of operation projects for the southern region in Pilares, and also their neighbor. “We decided to support them because they asked us to, they wanted to speak Spanish, and we decided with the teachers to try to teach them our language.

Basically, we are offering them Spanish and other activities that they have already been interested in,” said Alejandra Báez.

“They live near where I live (San Pablo) and I think they really liked their stay, it is very quiet here, so I feel like they stayed here,” Alejandra emphasized.

“What is your name? Where do you live? Where is the bathroom?” were some sentences that Professor Mario Martínez began to write on a long blackboard. They did it, but in French, their native language, and then they repeated it in Spanish one by one.

During class, each one of them was participatory, while they repeated what Professor Mario asked them, with remarkable calmness and giving them the confidence to be able to make a mistake, because immediately, with an open hand sign, he asked them to wait, to repeat the prayer calmly.

Pronunciation does not seem to cost them, since many already knew how to order food (a cake, a taco, a soft drink), which is essential in this country.

For Professor Mario Martínez, these two weeks have been a “very interesting” experience. “We are looking for what their basic needs are because there is no educational structure as such for them, and we have to look for the essential basis of communication,” he said.

After two hours of class, all the Haitian migrants got up to go salsa dancing, where a couple of minutes were enough for them to go away, they took the hand of one of the young women, and moved little by little, without stopping smiling.

Mexico City became the second entity to receive, before the regional office of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (Comar), a greater number of migrant asylum requests with 30,201, issued from January to November of this year. In first place is Tapachula, Chiapas, with 74,945.

Meanwhile, from March to November of this year, 10,185 migrants went to the shelter that the CDMX Government located in Tláhuac, mostly Haitian.

Specialists agreed that the capital requires a migration policy that entails the support of the federation, since it is estimated that this situation will increase next year with the arrival of migrant caravans.

 Source: El Grafico