"Seguimos Caminando" (We Keep Walking)- Michelle Angela Ortiz by Michelle Angela Ortiz published on 2017-09-20T03:47:11Z "Seguimos Caminando" is a moving monument created by artist Michelle Angela Ortiz in honor of the mothers detained at the Berks Detention Center. This audio story was written by two mothers that have been detained at the family prison for close to 2 years. One of the mothers was recently released and is reading her story. The monument is featured in Monument LAB, a public art history project led by curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum with the support of the Mural Arts Program. (ENGLISH TRANSLATION BELOW) "I remember walking in my mother's house on our dirt floor. I played with my brothers and sisters, rocking in the multi-colored hammock, and surrounded by jocote and cherry trees dancing with the wind. Together with my mother we walked to bathe in the sunlit river. I played with my own children in the same river. One day, I was threatened and I left, leaving my daughters behind. Through streaming tears, I took my 2-year-old son and a back pack of dreams frozen by time. I walked with my son for 25 days. El Salvador - Honduras – Guatemala - Mexico We walked through thorns, white lands, and hills. We crossed the rising dark river. And as the rain drops fell from the gray sky, my son whispered, "Mami do not let me go." I held my son and my bag tighter fearing that the strong waters would take them. I kept walking ... Then they grabbed us, yelled at us, humiliated us, treated us like animals, and then detained us. Wet and cold, I embraced my son over my heart where I keep everything, and I begged for his forgiveness. We walk between hallways and cold rooms with other families. I see my son grow up during this storm that we are living. Among the sounds of the guards, it feels little by little that life is leaving us. Now there are more than 600 days without freedom and counting. My son asks me, "Mommy when are we leaving?" I reply, "We're leaving soon, I can take you soon, soon we'll be happy outside." I pray and at night, I see through my window and I would like to touch the stars. I would like to become one of them. To shine in the dark and walk along with my son towards freedom."