Death in the sands: the horror of the US-Mexico border

4/10/16 The Guardian

untitledFifteen-year old Sergio Hernandez Guereca and three teenage friends ran across the trickle of water in the concrete riverbed that is the Rio Grande, which marks the US-Mexico boarder, on a cloudy, hot June day in 2010. The river, which runs between El Paso and Juarez, is only centimeters deep and 15 metres wide at the border, because the US diverts most of the water into a canal before it reaches Mexico. The audacity of the boys’ run, in broad daylight in one of the most heavily patrolled spots along the border, roused bored pedestrians inching along the Paso del Norte Bridge towards the checkpoint.

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