Searching for the Internment Camp Where My Father Was Held
The phrase used was “barbed wire fever”—what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.
Linda Mannheim’s most recent publication is the Kindle Single Ghosts: Managua 1986. Her short story collection, Above Sugar Hill (Influx Press), is set in the New York neighborhood where she grew up. Her novel Risk (Penguin) is about a relationship being reexamined during South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. Linda's stories have appeared in Ambit, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and New York Stories. She lives in London.
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I felt my mom’s grip tighten around my hand as dozens surged across the Rio Grande, the water waist-high. Adults held children in their arms or carried them in rebozos across their backs. We watched as the Border Patrol agents caught and detained some people while dozens more ran past.
The contours of a border become a lot less rigid when you carry what are deemed to be the right documents.