Waiting for Abel

Chair for: Abel Garcia Hernandez

Designed and created by Digna Theater
Tucson, AZ

Abel's chair has been to UA OLLI International Refugee Class (taught by Peter Hirschman) and Don Quixote (taught by Charles Peters) on February 8. On February 9 it was in UA OLLI Spanish class taught by Susan Sotelo. On February 15 it will be at Himmell Library's Spanish class. It is extremely humbling to work on this project to bring to light some of the details about this horrendous event that took the lives of 43 young men so dedicated to attending college toward the goal of returning to their small communities to teach children. Such talent lost to their families, their communities, to the world. May this never happen to anyone again. May a miracle occur to bring the students to their families alive and well.

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About this Artist

Pam Burris

Tucson, AZ
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Pam is a playwright who relocated from Long Island, NY to Tucson five years ago.

Biography [English]

Abel Garcia Hernandez

The song of Abelito, by Adriana Estela Flores Abel sings, plays the guitar, draws and writes. His writing is about his thoughts and feelings about the world. What is in his heart. On June 15, Abel turned 20 years old, his first birthday away from home. He did not like to celebrate his birthdays because it was an expense to his family. Abel is mixteco and the one before the last of seven children. His parents: Micaela Hernández, his mother, and el campesino Celso García Aristeo his father. Since being a child he wanted to be a soldier to protect his community, Huamuchitos, a village of Tecuantepec, municipality of Tecoanapa in Costa Chica in the state of Guerrero. After listening to an exposition by a normalista (teacher), he decided to come to Ayotzinapa to get a degree in education and be able to help financially his father. He is of few words, but after awhile and comfortable, he loves to make people laugh with his turn of phrases and ideas. In the kitchen room of his family home - home of adobe with zinc-roof - he will sing the songs of Wisin and Yandel, Enrique Iglesias and Joan Sebastián. He also practices step-dancing and the popular dance Zancadito. One day, on top of a table, he announced that he'll be the leader of a musical group. He likes to read the Bible or any book near him for that matter. Abelito - as he was known in school - likes to run outdoors and go out to bring wood from the forest. He kisses everything that he loves. Starting with the basketball ball right before playing, then his four nephews, his mother with a hug and, of course, his girlfriend, Yazmín, to whom he has written dozens of letters assuring her his love forever and thanking her for believing in him: I know I can, I know I am going to do it. He has two best friends: Joaquín, and a horse without any name; the horse died a few days before Abel disappeared, September 26. Four days before, his family saw him in Tecoanapa. He was wearing a trouser of mezclilla, green shirt, and black shoes. In his suitcase, still in the room, he shared with other students in the college, you can find a copybook where he wrote: The impossible will take some time but I am going to get it nevertheless. Text belongs to: campaña Marchando con letras (translated by Juan C Gallardo)

Biografía [Español]

Abel Garcia Hernandez

El Canto de Abelito, Por Adriana Estela Flores Abel canta, toca la guitarra, dibuja y escribe. Escribe mucho sobre lo que piensa y siente del mundo. Lo que lleva en el corazón. El 15 de junio cumplió 20 años, su primer cumpleaños fuera de casa. Nunca le ha gustado celebrarlo porque no quiere que su familia gaste en fiestas. Abel es mixteco, el penúltimo de los siete hijos de la señora Micaela Hernández y el campesino Celso García Aristeo. Desde niño quería ser soldado para proteger a los de su comunidad, Huamuchitos, un poblado de Tecuantepec, municipio de Tecoanapa, en la Costa Chica de Guerrero. Después de escuchar una plática de normalistas, decidió entrar a Ayotzinapa para convertirse en maestro y ayudar a su padre con los gastos de la casa. Es callado, pero ya entrado en confianza, le gusta hacer reír con sus ocurrencias. En la cocina de su casa, de adobe con techo de lámina, se pone a cantar las tonadas de Wisin y Yandel , Enrique Iglesias y Joan Sebastián. También le entra el zapateado y al baile del Zancadito. Un día, trepado en la mesa, advirtió que sería líder de un grupo musical. Le gusta leer la Biblia o cualquier libro que encuentren sus ojos. “Abelito” —como le dicen en la Normal—, suele correr por la carretera y salir a cortar leña. Él besa y besa todo lo que ama. Desde su balón de básquet antes de jugar en la cancha del pueblo, a sus cuatro sobrinos, a su mamá con un buen apretón y, claro, a su novia, Yazmín, a quien le ha escrito una docena de cartas prometiendo amarla para siempre y agradeciéndole por creer en él: “Yo sé que puedo, sé que la voy a hacer”, le dijo. Tiene dos amigos fieles: Joaquín, y un caballo sin nombre, quien murió a los pocos días de que Abel desapareciera, el 26 de septiembre. Cuatro días antes, su familia lo vio allá en Tecoanapa. Traía pantalón de mezclilla, playera verde y zapatos negros. En su maleta, que sigue cerrada dentro del cuarto que comparte con otros estudiantes en la Normal, hay una libreta donde escribió una promesa: “Lo imposible me tardaré pero lo lograré”. Texto perteneciente a la campaña Marchando con letras

The Chair's Location

Upaya Sangha of Tucson
1231 E. Edison
Tucson AZ US

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