The six-year-old Costa Rican child that was abandoned by third parties in the Arizona desert finally met with his mother in the United States. The information was confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship (MREC) through a press release, where they noted that the child was delivered to his mother last week.
The boy was abandoned on June 19th in the desert. However, it was found in good health conditions by US border guards. According to what the child related at that time, “an uncle” left him there and asked him to continue the journey alone, because someone else would find him and help him contact his mother. Images published by the Border Patrol of Tucson (Arizona) show the child with a bottle of soda, a handbag and a briefcase on his back.
After being rescued, the child was referred to a migrant shelter in New York. There, he stayed for two months, while the procedures were completed to deliver him to his relatives.
The case, one of the most complex for the diplomatic authorities, was processed in conjunction with the National Board of Children (PANI), the Consulate General of Costa Rica in New York and the MREC.
For Costa Rica, this is the first case of an unaccompanied minor in the US border territory. The child’s mother resides illegally in the United States, in a city located two hours from New York.
The area where the child was found is listed as one of the most dangerous for immigrants trying to reach the US illegally, because it has a hard and unpredictable weather in a remote área of the country.