Everyday people from around the world flee their homes in fear of war, hunger, disease, or political persecution.
Fleeing your home and moving to another part of the world can be a traumatic experience. The people fleeing for all kinds of reasons are not just adults who are aware of the problems they are fleeing but also small children who are forced to experience this traumatic change in life.
This is the case for the narrator, Aline, in the short story “Aline’s Journey” written by Edwidge Danticat in 2003.
This story is partly set in Haiti where the family is from, a place filled with both brutal natural disasters and with political persecution and partly in a hotel room in the USA.
In Haiti the family lives in a small two room house close to the beach, a house that is frequently flooded during rainstorms.