Just A Phone Call....

June 20, 2010

The only contact Pedro, I and Logan have together, on a regular basis, currently and for the last 9 months are phone calls.

This is what it's like.  Imagine being detained, and having to dial 24 numbers to talk to your spouse or child. Every time you complete all the numbers, an automated operator says, “all circuits are busy, please try your call again.” Imagine dialing all these numbers over and over for a half hour until finally getting through. After all of that effort, you can only talk for 20 minutes. Ten minutes less than it took just to make contact.  If the cell phone you are trying to call just happens to be out of signal or someone else is calling at the same time, the call goes to voicemail, then you get $2 taken off your precious $5 phone card.  (Which at your job, you only are paid $3 per day)  Or imagine that you could not push any buttons on the phone at any time or the call would be disconnected. Or if the phone system disconnects you and the automated operator says that you were pushing buttons even though you actually weren’t.  Imagine being in the middle of a life changing conversation, like whether to stay in this country or leave it and hearing an automated operator say, “You have one minute left.”

These are the things that Pedro and I go through everyday just to talk to each other for a very short while.

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