Radio documentary to create needed conversation around migrant deaths along S. Texas border
GritoBlast! — Deadly Divide: Migrant death on the border is a radio documentary about migrant deaths that happen along the South Texas border, and the reasons people attempt to make the crossing.
Nearly 6,000 migrant deaths have been reported at the U.S.Mexico border since 2000. The true number of deaths is likely higher. Every year dozens of migrant’s bodies are found in the parched and treacherous ranch lands of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Brooks County, South Texas.
Journalist and producer, Jasmin Mara Lopez, takes listeners into the 100-degree desert in South Texas where the remains of a Guatemalan migrant are found; labs at local universities where efforts are made to identify remains; and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico where a 20-year-old man is waiting to make a similar and unguided journey.
“The focus of my work often stems from injustices that my own community and family have faced. This was an opportunity to not only explore my own family’s migration experience, but to really understand the severity of the situation the dangers and heartache that so many people endure today,” said producer Jasmin Lopez. “It’s very easy for us to disconnect from this issue, even though this is the reality of what’s happening in the U.S. We don’t ask ourselves why this is still happening.”
Jasmin Mara Lopez is an independent journalist, producer, and youth media educator. She works in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. She coordinates journalism training programs and teaches radio production to youth in Nezahualcoyotl, Ejido Hermosillo, San Francisco, and Oakland. Her continued work on the migrant experience will culminate in a book and theatrical play for immigrant youth.
Deadly Divide: Migrant death on the border will air on Making Contact beginning November 19, 2014. An advanced listening and community discussion will be hosted by Accion Latina in San Francisco on November 16, 2014.
Photo Credit: Brandon Thibodeaux