Immigrants from Central America hoping to make it to the United States often face an arduous and dangerous journey. Having already endured the hardships of leaving their home countries, they must then contend with drug cartels, corrupt officials, human traffickers and other dangers as they traverse Mexico in search of a better life.
The journey can be especially treacherous for migrants traveling through Mexico on top of “the Beast,” a cargo train that runs through the country from south to north. The risk is compounded by law enforcement officers who not only fail to protect them but are often complicit in criminal activities themselves. As if this wasn’t enough, those on board must also contend with threats posed by drug cartels such as the Zetas and even fellow migrants.
The plight of Central American immigrants crossing into Mexico is far too often overlooked or misunderstood; many people have no idea how difficult and perilous their journeys can be. This is why it’s so important for us to raise awareness about this issue and help create a more compassionate understanding of what these brave souls endure in pursuit of a better life.
Thankfully, there are ways we can learn more about it: documentaries like “Gran Hermano” offer an intimate look into the struggles faced by Central American immigrants trying to get to the U.S., revealing their hardship, courage and resilience along the way. Seeing this story told onscreen allows us to gain a more comprehensive understanding of not just this ongoing crisis but also the human beings affected by it— making us better-informed citizens who are equipped with knowledge necessary for creating solutions.