Walking Through Wars:
Why a Faithful Salvadoran Girl Abandoned Her Home
by Milagros Vela as told to Rita Moran
In a shantytown above San Salvador, a deeply spiritual Pipil-Creole girl overcomes endless traumas—hunger, abuse, war, illness, and natural disaster—to seek refuge in the U.S. Now she cares for the children of American tech workers.
Excerpts from Walking Though Wars have appeared in these publications:
"Civil War in My House" and "The Creole Midwife" have been published in Forum, the literary magazine of City College of San Francisco, earning the Nonfiction Award.
"School and Shadow" has been published in the online blog of Forum.
"Guerrillas Come to Middle School" appears in Ursa Minor, the literary magazine of University of California at Berkeley Extension.
The excerpt "Civil War in My House" earned the Nonfiction Award in Forum, the literary magazine of City College of San Francisco.
The excerpt "Sleepwalking Home" won Second Place for Nonfiction in the 2021 Effie Lee Morris Literary Contest sponsored by the San Francisco chapter of the Women's National Book Association.
Guerillas Come to Middle School
In sixth grade, our principal invited a troop of big men, blue-eyed, their white skin burned by the sun, to come and teach us boys and girls how to handle machine guns. How to lose the fear. They looked at us with pity, but not compassion.