Particularly sad photo
The following image seems to have gone viral.
The story as I understand it is also rather sad. A family with father, mother and two year old left El Salvador in search of a better life. They arrived in Matamoros just last week and joined a number of other migrants stuck there as the “metering” was only allowing a few per day to cross to Brownsville. It was hot, as hot at 110F (heat index?), so they were impatient and went to cross the Rio Grande.
The father crossed with his young daughter. He left her on the other bank and went back for his wife. The toddler saw her father leaving and went back into the water. She struggled with the current and the father also drowned in trying to save her.
The photo is haunting, a vivid reminder of the danger many face when they try to cross into the United States. It shows the human toll of a crisis at the border that’s often debated with abstract statistics and detached policy arguments.
The Brownsville Herald carries a story with an AP Mexico City line
They also have one from El Salvador
They also have an explanatory one with a Phoenix byline
Rather sad overall.
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