‘David and the Lion’s Den’ chapter alert!
The story takes a pause today, an interlude so to speak, as we step away from David and his friends to meet a young Colombian teenager just arriving at Manhattan’s Port Authority bus terminal. He’s full of wonder and optimism, even though he’s cold, hungry, and scared. But will his optimism survive the harsh realities of life in the City? Will he survive?
The Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square is the first place many newcomers to NYC encounter. Like Manhattan itself, it’s full of contradictions. Cavernous, grand and soaring, it’s also dirty, smelly, and sometimes dangerous. Like the unnamed Colombian boy in this chapter, many homeless and runaway teens have memories of the terminal. Unaccompanied minors at the US southern border are in the news lately. Vulnerable youth are exploited all over the US, though, not only at our border with Mexico.
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