The Passion of
la Niña Milagros
Growing Up in the Violence of El Salvador
by Milagros Vela as told to Rita E. 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.
Milagros supports her family as a nanny, but their economic situation is precarious. You can support Milagros now by pre-ordering the final e-book and/or making a donation! All proceeds go directly to her.
We will continue to post new chapters on this free site as they become available. When the final version (of about 24 chapters) is done, you will receive a link to the complete e-book you pre-ordered.
Excerpts from The Passion of La Niña Milagros have been accepted for publication:
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.
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The Creole Midwife
On New Year’s Day of 1965, some workers dug up the contraceptive amulet Mama had buried. Thus I was conceived. A few months later, during the early morning of May 3, the land of
El Salvador convulsed in an earthquake. The capital was almost completely destroyed. My family noted suspiciously that I was born the third of October, five months later to the day.
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.