Lost Children Archive - Part I: Family Soundscape: Missing - Removals Summary & Analysis

Valeria Luiselli
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In "Missing," Manuela calls the narrator to say her daughters are being transferred to a detention center in Arizona where they will be deported. Though she does not know where the girls are, she believes they will find her. The narrator remembers attending a vigil held by a priest in New York for people whose undocumented family members disappeared after ICE raids. The narrator recorded the gathering, during which the group recited aloud the names of their lost relatives.

In the car, the narrator wonders what would happen if one of her relatives disappeared, drawing parallels between her family and those affected by deportation. Arriving in Little Rock, the narrator notes how empty the city feels. After her family goes to sleep, she goes to a bar where she talks to a man who she later kisses.

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