La Jornada: The Migrants Journey

La Jornada: The Migrants Journey



I'm father alejandro toledo mendes this summer i am traveling through the migrant mexican corridor from Central America to the u.s. along with other six gestures the idea of this five-week journey is to understand better the circumstances for migration we just decided that it was necessary to have some sort of experience for gestures that will allow us to to show the the reality of migration why did you participate in la nada I think God wanted me here and a desire just to learn more about the reality of migration celebrating the Eucharist with the migrants has been very meaningful for me the Lord brings us together so many different individuals from so many different backgrounds cultures countries languages and he makes us one people when people make this journey they're desperate they're not doing it because they want to break though oh they're doing it because they're trying to survive and if people know that they're that they're trying to survive I think they can have a greater compassion that it's very dangerous to cross the people that make it and our quote the illegals or the undocumented there are actually a small percentage of the people that even attempt the journey like this people lose their lives people lose their limbs they have to return this is not an easy journey to make we started in Honduras we went to El Salvador we went to Guatemala then we move to Mexico and going through the migrant corridor basically visiting all the southern states which are the poorest states with pastor Mexico City moved to Leon end up in Saltillo acaba place at the shelter step foot into into the u.s. in a bus so and then move to Nogales to finish the experience the first step is has been for us here is education just learning more about the reality one of the walls misconceptions are broken down we come to learn more about the reality certainly in the abstract but then more concretely when we actually come to know migrants their names or stories their hopes their dreams so in some way also this journey it's like what can I do I mean the migrants as we were listening to their story is talking to them they were saying like what why are you going to do with this in some way I will place that question to to all of us who are we doing about this issue how the systems in which we live the economic system the social systems force people to look for better outlook someone else for a better Oh you

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