Crossing The Border…
The tragic snapshot of a father, lying dead with his daughter, sadly reminds the Global Community of the image of Alan Kurdi… Kurdi was a three-year-old Syrian boy of Kurdish ethnic background whose image went viral after he drowned on September 2, 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea. He and his family were Syrian refugees, trying to reach Europe amidst the European refugee crisis!
Earlier this week, the image of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria, lying face down in murky waters littered with reeds and discarded beer bottles, shocked the International Community yet again! The shocking image, clicked on June 24, was a grim reminder of the dangerous journey the migrants take to get to the US… the heads of the father-daughter duo were wrapped in a black T-shirt, with Angie’s tiny right arm draping over her dad’s shoulders. Perhaps, the father had made one last attempt to hold the daughter with the T-shirt! Well, death could not separate them…
The bodies of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lie face down in murky waters
According to sources close to the Mexican government, the pair from El Salvador drowned on June 23 in the Rio Grande near the US-Mexico border. A Mexican journalist claimed that they were trying to cross the river from Mexico into Texas near Brownsville. Although Oscar and Angie initially reached the Texas side, the father placed his child there before turning around to get his wife. Unfortunately, when Angie saw her father swimming away, she jumped in. The father clung to the little girl in red pants and black shoes, but a strong current swept over and drowned them. Oscar’s widow, Tania, said that she had seen her husband and child getting carried away by the current on June 23…
Oscar Alberto Martínez and his daughter Angie Valeria
Four years ago, Kurdi’s life was abruptly cut short when he was looking for a shelter outside his motherland. The image of his body had shaken the entire world. The death of the three-year-old Syrian boy prompted the UN and Europe to reconsider the ‘International Immigration Policy’. The Global Community is still thinking about the policy… but, the Reality stays the Same as before!
Oscar and Angie had left El Salvador to take shelter in the US. However, they left the world even before their arrival in the US, leaving Tania alone! Tania revealed that they had spent two months in Mexico. On June 23 morning, the family reached a refugee camp in Matamoros, a city in the North-Eastern Mexican Province of Tamaulipas, which is located on the southern bank of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas, in the US! Tania, the unfortunate widow, claimed that they had decided to leave Mexico mainly because of the rising temperature! She further claimed that the family had received ‘Humanitarian Visas’ from the Mexican Government. Customs and border security officials have informed the media that refugees have started using the ports along the US-Mexico border to enter into the US in recent times.
Martínez, his wife Tania Avalos and their daughter arrived to the Mexican border town of Matamoros
Experts are of the opinion that the US has prompted Latin American migrants to take risks by strengthening its Immigration Policy! They believe that the policy will claim many more lives in the coming days, as the Donald Trump administration has denied thousands of migrants the permission to take shelter in the US. Now, these people have planned to reach the US by taking resort to the roads that are full of risks and uncertainties! The UN Refugee Agency has mentioned that the picture of Oscar and Angie from the US border represents flagrantly “a failure to address the violence and desperation pushing people to take journeys of danger”. The Agency further compared the image of Oscar and Angie to the 2015 snapshot of the three-year-old Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi.
Soon after the Mexican authorities recovered the bodies of Oscar and his daughter, Foreign Affairs Minister of El Salvador Alexandra Hill called on the country’s citizens not to risk irregular migration to the US, saying: “President Nayib Bukele has commissioned me personally to (extend) support these families in every step, who, unfortunately, have lost their near and dear ones, again, due to the (tragic) drama of irregular immigration.”
The incident has also rocked the US’ National Politics, with senior Democrat Senator Kamala Harris saying: “These families seeking asylum are often fleeing extreme violence. And what happens when they arrive? Trump says ‘Go back to where you came from’. That is inhumane. Children are dying. This is a stain on our Moral Conscience.” In reply to this, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke stressed that “We will spare no expense to reunite families that remain separated”!
Sadly, President Donald Trump is not ready to soften his hardline stand on the Immigration Law, as he has decided to ignore the experts’ warning that it will certainly increase the number of deaths…
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