On the journey north, Central American migrants carry as few belongings as possible, as the journey is plagued with difficult treks through rugged terrains, robbery and long hours on the roof of the train. While resting and awaiting the next train at the migrant shelter Hermanos en el Camino, these Central American migrants, and one Haitian migrant, show their prized possessions on their journey north, items of extraordinary importance for each and every one of them.
The Sierra Mixe is located in the northern sierra of the state of Oaxaca. Throughout the year community members, families or individuals in the region head up the mountain to bring offerings to the Rey Condoy for a variety of personal and/or communal reasons. Their motives vary greatly and could be to request a plentiful harvest or rid harmful spirits, among many other reasons. The offerings for the Rey Condoy consist of chickens, corn dough in specific forms, cigarettes, tepache […]
Hace una semana caminando sobre J.P. García a media cuadra de independencia fui testigo de cuando un camión atropello al ciclista Félix Santiago Venegas. Hoy fui a la ceremonia en memoria a Félix organizado por Mundo Ceiba A.C., quienes colgaron una bicicleta blanca en memoria del ciclista fallecido tras ser arrollado por un autobús. Mundo Ceiba A.C. organiza la campaña de sensibilización “Respeto al Ciclista”, algo muy importante en Oaxaca, ya que existe muy poco respeto para los peatones y ciclistas […]
“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh FOUNDED IN 2010 and based out of Santo Domingo Tonalá Oaxaca, Proyecto Raíces (the Roots Project) takes a grassroots approach to improving the quality of life of elders living in extreme poverty […]
I spent the day with the Oaxaca-based nonprofit organization Puente a la Salud Comunitaria A.C. (Bridge to Community Health) to photograph their work in the Sierra Mixe of Oaxaca in the municipality of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec. Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Puente) contributes to food sovereignty and advances the health and well-being of rural communities in Mexico by promoting the cultivation, consumption and commercialization of amaranth. I have long been fan of Puente’s work and innovative approach to nutrition and […]
Global Pediatric Alliance (GPA) works in Latin America to reduce preventable maternal and infant death and improve the quality of life for women and children. I photographed their work in Tila, Petalsingo and Yajalón, Chiapas, in October 2011. This specific region of Chiapas is reportedly primarily controlled by the political-military group EZLN, which stands for El Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (The Zapatista National Liberation Army), and experienced a large influx in violence during the heart of the movement, La Otra […]
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~Martin Luther King Jr. Every day hundreds, even thousands, of Central American migrants make their way north towards the United States, a harrowing journey that should not be underestimated. Hermanos en el Camino is a nonprofit organization located in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, that advocates for migrant’s rights and provides shelter and a place to rest before daunting travel ahead via train. Each individual has a unique […]
The Silent Procession in Oaxaca was revived 27 years ago and is carried out on Good Friday each year. It consists of a procession through the heart of the city in silence (with the exception of ancient musical instruments) while condolences are expressed to the virgin for the death of Jesus. The procession is organized, slow and orderly; broken up into various parts, the procession includes massive crosses carried on the backs of hooded barefoot men with loincloths, elevated statues of the […]