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​THE PAIN OF THE IMMIGRANT: Residents Come To The Aid of Guatemalan Male, Severely Beaten And Left For Dead on Sidewalk

The book, Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison was about an African-American man whose color renders him invisible, published by Random House in 1952. In 2017 many immigrants of Hispanic origin are today’s invisible men and women who society refuses to see. In this country where residents stick up the noses and look down or refuse to see at all the immigrant, they forget they are all either immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants themselves.

With all the publicity surrounding immigration, Trump ending DACA, building The Wall and getting Mexico to pay for it, the Westchester County Legislators and County Executive Rob Astorino fighting it out over the Immigration Protection Act we sometimes lose track of the human aspect of the emigrates, immigrates, and migrates we share this country with. After reading the combined posts on the Peekskill Hispanic Community, Hudson Valley Community Coalition and Luisito Yumbla‘s Facebook pages, I had to share this story with all of our readers.

This is an untold story of a young 18-year-old Guatemalan male, severely beaten and left lying on the sidewalk of the Irvington train station, the good samaritan who stopped and called paramedics and those who check on him at St. John’s Riverside Hospital and helped the young man find a temporary home. These are the type of stories that do not always make the pages of mainstream media,

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, a witness observed a young man lying on the sidewalk of the Irvington, NY, train station. Emergency was called and when the paramedics arrived, they found him with severe blows in different parts of the body, dehydrated and completely wet by the rain. So far its perpetrators are unknown as well as the time that remained in the station. The young man, about 18 years old, has not been able to communicate since he speaks very little Spanish and repeats several words that look like a dialect originally from Guatemala. Its exact name is not known or where it lived or no antecedent of how it arrived.

We have visited the hospital, we have tried to express our affection, solidarity and we will be there to support it. He is very afraid or afraid of something and has nowhere to go. We have got people from Guatemala who will accompany us to help with the translation. We thank Rev. Drew of the Presbyterian Church of Dobbs Ferry, NY who may possibly support us in finding a temporary home for this young immigrant. We appreciate the solidarity of all and ask for your support in trying to locate their relatives or someone who knows him. Any information, please send a text message to: 203-667-3799

Friday Luisito Yumbla posted of Facebook: 

Dear friends, a painful case of a young immigrant who was found beaten at a train station and is now in the hospital. He doesn’t speak good Spanish and we’re looking for support. He wrote that he’s from Guatemala. If anyone knows any dialect or what it means.

“chorchi disdi losdi wisdi”

* please help identify some relative. Reports to 203-667-3799

Later Friday night Yumbla posted:

We have just visited the young man from Guatemala, who was found at the Irvington, NY train station. We have obtained more information and hope that everything is resolved favorably. We thank everyone for their solidarity and support. It gives hope to know that there is a community ready to offer support and hope.

Thank you esteemed [Port Chester] Councilman Luis Marino for your solidarity support! TOGETHER WE ARE MORE!

While this particular story has some sort of happy ending in site, in one of the richest counties in the country many do not want to admit there are many of these stories, that are not reported. Many victims that do not make it to the hospital or who are blessed to have good samaritans who come to their aid. How many immigrants, legal or illegal suffer in silence? How many are targeted because they can not speak English well? How many of us can actually feel or empathize the pain of the immigrant?

As we begin Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) let us not forget about those who are not as well off as you are especially those who do not look like you. Remember Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” – Mathew 25: 40

BW salutes these unsung heroes who did not count it robbery to get involved and help this young man.


About AJ Woodson (2398 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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