I came to Mexico for a job teaching English but before I could get the job, I had my purse snatched in broad daylight in the middle of the day on a busy street while passers-by just ignored me and I had to let the guys drag me down the street while holding on to my purse for dear life until they finally got it away from me running. The police caught the guys but then they confiscated my purse and everything in it for “evidence,” lying to me about how long they needed to keep it, then transferred it to a different police station on the day they said I could have it back, and so on and so forth. I’ll never see it again. I need to have the passports replaced, the French one and the Irish one; but those cost money and since I didn’t get the job I came here for I don’t have that kind of money anymore. I’ve been Couch-Surfing ever since then, trying to stay at one “couch” for long enough to replace either of the passports which are like 3-8 weeks’ worth of processing time because it’s “overseas” and they have to come from overseas like that. People here in Mexico don’t understand that or don’t care, just because “theirs” don’t take that long or there’s a language barrier or a cultural barrier, whatever. Needless to say there are no womens’ shelters down here if you’re not Mexican or an immigrant from a lesser country like Central or South America. I have no family or friends who could be called on by either of my Embassies because at my advanced age I’m pretty much financially alone in the world. What’s left of my family recently closed out my remaining savings account with £4,500 in it and hid the money from me and won’t send it to me any digital way whatsoever so that’s out of the question. That money is gone, that ship has sailed; it’s probably in Fiji by now. So please dispense with the “have the Embassy call your friends or family” rubbish I’m tired of hearing from people here!
I need like £100 for the passport and enough to live off of for the two months it will take, like £1000 or so. I don’t personally know anyone anymore who can spare even the £100. Yes, my sphere of friends and “family” is pathetic but I’m told that my family has always been like that. It’s because I’m the “educated” one with the Master’s degrees so I “shouldn’t” be this broke. But recently I just got out of jail from US Immigration throwing me there for trying to LEAVE the US before I wound up going to jail over something they made up and blew out of proportion. I have teacher licences in several US states and a couple of other countries, I’ve never been in trouble with the law my entire life in any of those countries; up until last year when I tried to leave the US I had no criminal record whatsoever. So because I’m a minority, US Border Patrol and the state of New York decided after 36 hours of searching my car and interrogation and making up stories about everything I had in the car and in my suitcases, no matter what I said to the contrary, they decided I was some kind of “terrorist” for trying to leave the US and wanting to go to Belgium or France for my PhD in Physics, made me some kind of “terrorist.” So now all of a sudden after 45 years of being squeaky-clean I have a 5-page “rap sheet” from US Immigration. For no reason other than racism and the Trump Administration. Treat every nonwhite person trying to leave the US like some kind of “terrorist” and give them a criminal record so they can’t come back. Fine. I’m trying to get back to France, not back into the Racist States of AmeriKKKa. But meanwhile, the government confiscated pretty much everything I had, all my computer electronics, all my “papers,” all my college and university transcripts, even some of my clothes, for reasons I can’t figure out. I got “worked over” for no reason other than I’m a minority – and I’m a woman, too, that’s what I can’t figure out; why they treated me like a MAN. Terrorists are MEN, damn idiot USA. They even said stupid things like asking me who my employer was, and I said “Teachers Without Borders” and they’d never heard of it so they said I had NO job. That sort of idiotic nonsense went on for the better part of 2 calendar days before I got thrown in jail.
So, yeah, I’ve been through more in this past year than any one should have. And I’ve had that same purse snatched off my shoulder 3 times in one calendar year and confiscated by now the “authorities” of all three North American countries, first Canada, then the US, now Mexico. I want off this continent!! It obviously doesn’t want me here. I’m sitting here in Mexico just trying to blend in and not stand out; because I’m dark-skinned I blend in better but I need to get out of here too. Just a couple thousand dollars will do; I’m not asking to replace my entire savings account, here.