Monday, September 04, 2006

to cross the great divide

Since 1998, more than 3,000 people are known to have died trying to cross the border. While in 2002 there were 320 documented deaths, last year a total of 472 bodies were recovered. In the past 11 months, in Arizona alone, 124 people have died making the journey. Those deaths include more than a dozen women and children as young as three years old.

the border . . . more and more difficult to
cross . . . more and more women and children

            to be with their husbands


Humane Borders

No More Deaths

the tearful man who has his shirt half-unbuttoned, and a pair of worn leather boots sitting by his side. His feet are covered in oozing blisters and his legs are swollen.

hundreds of underground sensors buried all over the desert. They also use vehicle patrols and unmanned drones to locate their human prey.

pages of a Spanish version of the New Testament flap in the breeze. A bra hangs from an Ocotillo cactus. A few disposable nappies peek out from a torn, black plastic bag.

(omega)       food and water

easy living in the desert

scorpions, tarantulas and rattlesnakes

six people say       You've saved my life.  In your entire life
      if you hear that once

steep hills and dry river beds
sprained ankles or broken bones

then forced to walk back into

(the words lifted entirely in order of appearance from Michael Park's article in the UK Independent (9/03/06), "Mexican immigrants trying to cross the great divide")


DuctapeFatwa said...

Thank you, Arcturus, for reminding us all of the Martyrs, and those who survive, yet with suffering and struggle the likes of which few in the west can imagine.

For those who would resist Washington's brutality, while at the same time extending a hand to their brothers and sisters, there are literally millions who can use just about any hand one can extend, from help in the passage itself, to reuniting the migrants with family and friends who have already crossed, help with employment, education, remember migrants run the gamut, from people with stacks of degrees to those with no knowledge of written language, I know a lady who makes it a practice to regularly take newly arrived migrants on "field trips" to supermarkets and "big box" stores, to help them learn to locate, choose, purchase, and if needed, return simple items. While in most major metropolitan areas of the US, English is not the big barrier it once was, most of the supermarkets and big box stores will have many employees who speak Spanish, and in areas with large migrant populations, even the signs and announcements will be in Spanish, but to people accustomed only to small stores in the nearest town to their village, a Target store, even a Walgreens, can be daunting.

That is just one person's idea, you will all have your own, simply put yourself in the place of a migrant, and think of the things that would be helpful to you, then do that! :)

Arcturus said...

Thank you! that's lovely.
I recently took a plunge -- still in gestation . . .

supersoling said...

A new blogstop on the information highway :o)

boran2 said...

Borders. Artificial lines that appear on maps, imposed upon the land to divide us. I guess that being unified is a bad thing. Very sad.

XicanoPwr said...

Now that the Mexico's elite has bought the election, Calderon will be happy to send thousands more over here to face their deaths at the hands of our murderous bastards.

DuctapeFatwa said...

Xicanopwr, especially in light of the history, most recently the 70 or 80 or however many years of painful PRI-apism suffered by the largest chunk of the American subcontinent, you will call me a hopeless optimist, but I am not sure that Calderon should cantar victoria quite yet.

I do not hear the dulcet strains of Paquita la del barrio ;)