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Jumping at Shadows

The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream

by Sasha Abramsky

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Jumping at Shadows by Sasha Abramsky
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Cynthia C. Scott

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The Tucson Samaritans

"I feel sorrow. Anger. And sometimes a little desperation," says Maria Ochoa, one of the people Sasha Abramsky interviews in his book, Jumping at Shadows. As a member of the Tucson Samaritans, a humanitarian group which aids migrants who cross the borders through the Arizona desert, she has reason to be. For more than a decade, she has provided water, food, and medical assistance to border crossers and recovered the bodies of those who didn't make it. Working with the remains of a woman who died in the desert was particularly emotional for her. "We went out to have a service for her, two weeks after they'd picked up her body. And the spot where she'd laid, the outline of her body was still there..."

Yet Ochoa, who is one of many volunteers in the organization, continues to venture into the desert. As immigration reform becomes more elusive, the situation has become more desperate as migrants brave the unforgiving desert to escape poverty and crime in Mexico and Central America.


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