Aurelio Cuy, a Guatemalan Indian who died while pursuing the dream of working in the United States.

Aurelio Cuy wanted to work in the United States to alleviate his poverty, but that dream ended when he died along with dozens of migrants in a road accident in southern Mexico.

Cuy left Guatemala the day before December 9, when the accident occurred. There was the illusion of a better life for his family in the Parajbey village of Santa Apolonia, west of the Guatemalan capital.

Without almost knowing how to read or write, Aurelio, 25, undertook the journey without immigration papers after being unemployed as a bricklayer due to the pandemic. But it never reached American soil.

His remains were repatriated from Mexico on Thursday, December 30, along with those of 14 other Guatemalans. Five more bodies had arrived earlier.

The coffin of the indigenous was placed in a small room of the cinder block house and zinc sheets where he lived, in this place anchored between mountains and corn plantations that can only be reached by a dirt road.

In the same place they also installed an altar with a photograph, flowers and candles.

The burial takes place this Friday, December 31 at the local cemeteryAfter lunch with relatives, neighbors and acquaintances who came to offer condolences and solidarity with food and carbonated water.

Aurelio left as thousands of his compatriots do every year.

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His main objective was to work to build a house and give his two children studies, since he had a little girl, Alis, who is four years old, and his wife Ana Vilma Ajtzac is pregnant again.

Many Guatemalans migrate due to violence and in search of better economic opportunities in the United States, given the poverty that affects more than half of the approximately 17 million inhabitants of the country, a situation worsened by the pandemic and recent hurricanes.

Poverty rises to 80% in the indigenous population, which constitutes 40% of the total population.

Family and friends accompany the funeral procession with the remains of Aurelio Cuy Tamat, in the Parajbey village of the Santa Apolonia municipality, in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. (Free Press Photo: EFE)


The family found out through social networks about the accident in Chiapas, the main access point for undocumented immigrants in southern Mexico. Y his wife since then sensed that Aurelio was among the dead.

On December 9, a trailer carrying overcrowded migrants collided with a wall, allegedly due to speeding, killing 56 people and injuring nearly a hundred.

A week later, and due to the lack of official information, Ana Vilma and her brother, Antolín, traveled to Mexico to look for him.

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There they visited the accident site, where “there were many candles and flowers and I said: ‘In this place my husband died.’ But his brother hoped he was in a hospital.

They went to five hospitals, which were not allowed to enter, and then went to the morgue, where Antolín identified Aurelio from photographs.

Later, the Prosecutor’s Office also showed them photos and in one of them you could see the wedding ring, which has Ana Vilma’s name engraved on it. That was the breaking point for her.

Indigenous people carry the coffin of Aurelio Cuy, 25, a Guatemalan migrant killed in a traffic accident earlier this month in the Mexican state of Chiapas. (Free Press Photo: AFP)


“We made loans to pay the person who was going to take him there, but unfortunately his dream ended with that accident,” she lamented.

The victim left a debt of Q60 thousand (about US $ 7,800), money that he obtained with a mortgage loan to be able to pay the “coyotes”, as those who traffic with migrants are known.

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That amount is half of the total that the “coyote” was going to charge to take him to the United States, but now he has disappeared and is not answering calls from relatives.

“Due to lack of opportunity, he had to take his trip, (…), he was going to fight for his baby and the one who is on the way,” lamented Antolín, who considered Aurelio, 20 years younger than him, a son.

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