Despite the perils of their journey, every year, more than a million people from Central America embark on the treacherous journey to the United States. For many, it’s a chance at a better life and opportunity for growth.
Jaime and Lupita are two young Salvadorians who are eloping to Texas. Their story is an emotional rollercoaster filled with hope amidst all the danger and fear. As they dodge border police, brave robbers, rapists and face the hardships of making their way North, they remain courageous in their pursuit of their American Dream.
Unfortunately, this dangerous odyssey has become a rite of passage for many Central Americans hoping to make it past Mexico and into the United States. Jumping onto moving trains brings high risks – with fatal consequences if they fall off while in transit. The ever-present threat of being killed or maimed is something Jaime and Lupita must live with everyday on their quest for freedom.
This is why it is more important now than ever before to support those who brave these obstacles in search of a better life. To get an insight into what it’s like for them along this epic adventure, watch the documentary ‘Jumping Trains’. It tells Jaime and Lupita’s story in vivid detail; depicting both its dangers but also its inspirations – showing us why so many millions risk their lives yearly to pursue that promised land: The US.