Brown at the Borders

Note: This is a personal experience of a Filipino volunteering for a month at the Kino Border Initiative feeding center for deported migrants in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. I temporarily stay at the Jesuit community in Nogales, Arizona. The one-month experience is part of Tertianship, a formation stage in the life of Jesuits. Crossing a borderContinue reading “Brown at the Borders”

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Death and Dreams in the Desert

It was different not to see Alejandro and Jeremias* at the Comedor. They had gone to another part of Mexico, and would be crossing the dangerous border as I write this. The wind was unusually cold in the past two nights they headed there. And I could not imagine them ravaged by the cold nightsContinue reading “Death and Dreams in the Desert”

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And He Said Goodbye

And he says goodbye. Alejandro’s* plan is to return to the United States, taking off somewhere in Mexico and then walk across the Cerro Pinacate desert, a hostile, black, and barren landscape. It is a long stretch of inhospitality, little surface water and heat, with temperatures as high as 120° F. He cannot settle inContinue reading “And He Said Goodbye”

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Christ dies in a Kitchen in Mexico

Personal belongings of Migrants are placed in a plastic bag with their names written on a piece of paper. The Kino Border Initiative in cooperation with other groups as the Samaritans provide free clothes for them. I write this at the very hour of Christ’s death. The difference is that I am not in church.Continue reading “Christ dies in a Kitchen in Mexico”

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Discovering a Deep River in the Desert

Undocumented migrants, deported from the US, line up for the meals at the Comedor, the feeding center of the Kino Border Initiative in Mexico. They come in droves. Every day migrants deported from the United States are brought by bus to the Deconcini gate in Nogales, Sonora. And just as the US close their gates onContinue reading “Discovering a Deep River in the Desert”

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When Migrants Die in the Desert, Who Cares?

(The Comedor of the Kino Border Initiative, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Frontera means the Border) Forcing his luck by taking the dangerous trek through the Sonora desert, Jose and companions Pedro and Francisco* had been rounded and beaten up by gangs on their way back to the United States. They are illegal or unauthorized immigrants andContinue reading “When Migrants Die in the Desert, Who Cares?”

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