Amidst all the chaos, disorder, and controversy of the U.S.’s southern border crisis, some important things get lost.
This is just one symptom of a major human rights disaster in Central America, but like everything else in this country, it’s being used as a political football by Tea Partiers in office and in the media to score points with their ravenous base. Never mind that this disaster — like so many others — is a result of their policies, as such disasters are wont to be. Tensions run high: jingoistic and racist militia men are arming up and heading south, to invariably make the problem worse, while the federal government scrambles to find a response.
The Guardian reports that most of these refugees are fleeing Honduras, El Salvador and Guatamala, where the levels of chaos and violence amount to undeclared war. The cause? Gangs, drug cartels, and the U.S.’s failed war on drugs.
Heavily armed street gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha and Calle 18 impose a reign of terror on entire neighbourhoods across the region, which is also a key route for Mexican and Colombian cartels shipping narcotics north.
Drug-fuelled corruption, political instability, and – in the case of Honduras, a rightwing coup – have all contributed to a situation of institutional collapse.
Meanwhile, in all this chaos, the faces of these people — most of whom are children whose desperate parents paid to have them smuggled away from unimaginable horrors — are lost. Lost, but not forgotten, thanks to the many photographers on the scene.
A heart-wrenching look at our GOP-created humanitarian border crisis.
The following photo collection takes a look at the men, women, and children now living in limbo along our southern border — and the terrible conditions in which they’re living.
The journey to end up in these conditions is a very harsh one, despite millions of people attempting it every year.
Some are “lucky.” They wind up in the custody of Border Patrol; where they become the focal point of a growing crisis along the southern border.
Others are not. They never become part of the controversy, because they never make it. The individual who left these pants may or may not have made it across, but there are thousands who never do.
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