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Film showcases hardships migrants

face on journey to new country

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A recent discussion held at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington showcased the plight of migrants from Central America who are trying to get to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Migrants must survive a 25-day journey, an expedition that three journalists from El Faro, a Spanish-language online news service based in El Salvador, witnessed firsthand over a two-year period.
The project undertaken by the journalists took them to places that “no one from the media has gone before” and out of it came their documentary, “En el Camino” (“On the Journey”), which they described at the institute. The journalists -- Oscar Martinez, Edu Ponces and Marcela Zamora -- decided to take on the project because they “wanted to understand the phenomenon” of migration.
The documentary, which shows the hardships migrants face for a chance at the American dream, will be played in selected theaters and at festivals throughout the country in late September.
“We are trying to stamp the images into people’s minds so maybe they will do something about the problem,” said Martinez.
Along the journey to the United States, an average of 150 people are kidnapped per day; 500,000 immigrants are fleeing the bandits of their homeland only to encounter the brutality of the Zetas, a criminal organization along the railroad system; and more than 80 percent of women are violated on their way to the border.
One of the filmmakers’ stories brought the situation to light for many who attended the institute’s June 28 discussion: Migrants intent on leaving for America caught a ride on a moving train. Once aboard, a group of criminals known as the Zetas stopped the train at a town along the path, killing any men who resisted and kidnapping the women. All of this was done in daylight, in plain sight of residents watching from their homes. Police at a nearby station took no action.
“Zetas are the authority in many places along the railroad,” Ponces said. “The police don’t have the firearms to fight them.”
A bribe of 40 pesos a day -- about $3.15 -- also persuades the local police to remain silent, Martinez added. An average day’s pay for these migrants is 30 pesos.
Scenarios such as these are commonplace, the journalists said.
“Why do they steal from the poorest of the poor? Because no one cares,” Martinez said. “These people are just merchandise for the Zetas and the rest of the world, sold into modern-day slavery.”
The slavery Martinez mentioned is the reason so many kidnappings occur along the route to the border.
Zamora, one of the journalists who worked on a special project titled “Mujeres en el Camino” (“Woman on the Journey”) showed a clip from her project which focused on providing first-hand accounts of those kidnapped by the Zetas.
In the clip, a women being interviewed said the Zetas forced her to work for freedom -- either as a waitress in a restaurant or as a prostitute on the street corner.
Of the choices given to her, prostitution paid more -- a choice she regrettably made.
Aside from her daily work, she was forced to do menial labor for her kidnappers, such as wash clothes.
One day she noticed that a shirt with red stains smelled of gasoline.
Curious about the shirt, she was told by her kidnapper that a migrant who had resisted the Zetas was placed inside a barrel, drenched in gasoline and burned alive.
In the end, the journalists wanted to center their documentary project on the process of immigration.
“We are here to give the evidence and testimony so that others can do their jobs” and improve the situation for migrants trying to find a better life, Ponces said.

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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