It’s estimated that of 40 million Colombians, 1.5 million are living abroad. Like all immigrants, their reasons for taking on new nationalities vary but even after years in exile, continue to see themselves as Colombian. Looking for a better life, my mother left the Caribbean city of Barranquilla and ended up in Teaneck, New Jersey. She cleaned offices in Manhattan during the bad old days of the ’80s and lived in an apartment that overlooked a cemetery and still spooks her out to this day.
This is part of an ongoing personal project about Colombian diaspora, identity, assimilation, and the small stories of human migration.