Natasha: Migrant Protection Protocol Survivor Story #3
When your choices are persecution, solitary confinement, or going underground, ‘protection’ is prevarication
The border encampment in Matamoros that had become a makeshift community for thousands has now been emptied of the final 700, or so, souls still living there when Biden announced the end of MPP. But not all 700 camp inhabitants, like Perla, have been allowed to cross. Roughly 70 individuals with “complex cases” remain in […]
Migrant ‘Protection’ Protocols Survivor Stories #1: Gabriel
This businessman and his family survived the trek north only to be trapped in Mexico by Trump’s cruel America. Will they now get to cross?
When Gabriel and his family pitched their tent in the Matamoros refugee camp, they thought it would be for a few months. They were broke, exhausted, and confused. They decided they could endure the indignity of living in the mud on the banks of the Rio Bravo at least until their first asylum hearing. When […]
Boats, buses and banana plantations
It’s hard to believe it was just two days ago I awoke at 2:30 a.m., had one last coffee with my new friend Homero (host of a highly recommended casa particular, more info below), and headed for the Havana airport. The trip to Belize would be a long and grueling one – there are no […]