Monday, November 8, 2010

The Invisibles - Amnesty International

Marc Silver & Gael Garcìa Bernal have a film "The Invisible" posted at Amnesty International that highlights the suffering of Central Americans traveling through Mexico on their way to the United States.  This is the trailer above.  There are four clips on Amnesty's website.
Every year, tens of thousands of women, men and children travel through Mexico without legal permission. As "invisible" migrants they head for the US border in the hope of finding a new life far from the poverty they've left behind. Their journey is one of the most dangerous in the world.

Amnesty is asking for your help to encourage the Mexican government to do more to protect these vulnerable migrants.  See Emilio Godoy's piece on IPS for more information about the dangerous journey through Mexico. 

I can't help but think that in fifty or one hundred years, our children and grandchildren are going to wonder why facilitating the free movement of people between the US, Canada, Mexico, and Central America wasn't a higher priority.  Instead, we set up roadblocks to make travel as dangerous as possible.

1 comment:

  1. And don't forget: your government traditionally also facilitates coups d'état and prescribes Washington Consensus economic policies to these countries, which FORCE people into extreme poverty and consequently to immigrate solely for SURVIVAL risking their lives in the first place to serve as slave labour in your country.

    So no, basically any sane person will wonder why you didn't set up as a higher priority to set up ROADBLOCKS to these cruel economic policies.

    I did watch the doc, and these people aren't going to the US because they want to, but because they have to, not because they think your country is better and they will just happily leave their homes, their people, their cities, where they were raised, but because it is more possible to survive there.

    Sometimes I can't decide what disgusts me more, people who have awful opinions because they are so misinformed, or the ones that are completely informed and aware, who consciously still spread their awful opinions.