The Migrant Crisis: “WHERE CAN WE LIVE IN PEACE?”
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The migrant crisis through the eyes of Pastor Ignacio Martinez, the founder of ABBA safehouse in Celaya, Mexico.
“They are people like us, with rights and dreams of a better life, and hopes for their children to go to school and have decent lives”.
It started when Ignacio and his family took food to migrants jumping freight trains. Some were sick, there was nowhere to wash or sleep. So he founded ABBA, where they can rest, receive food and medical and psychological help .
The film shows the gap between President Trump calling migrants “rapists and criminals” - and the sad reality. Most are escaping abject poverty and gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala . Their governments - backed by the US for decades, - are enmeshed in endemic corruption The migrants’ dreams of a better life in the USA have been shattered. President Trump, citing COVID-19 has completely shut the border. Now the migrants are desperately asking "Where Can We Live In Peace?" In this world of nationalism and xenophobia, Ignacio’s work is vitally important.
“It’s not about us - it’s about the dignity of our brother ‘travellers”.
The migrants are part of a worldwide crisis. 70 million migrants and refugees are on the move or living in displaced people’s camps. The ravages of climate change and pandemics of hunger and poverty created by COVID-19 will create many more. Yet nations refuse them.
Britain’s Brexit aims to restrict them. Many Syrians, Afghanis and Iraqis languish in sordid camps in Greece, or are beaten back from the borders of Croatia, Hungary and Poland. Many drown in the Mediterranean. The irony is that many countries have aging populations and declining birthrates. So immigrants – who often do the work that no one wants – are needed.
Director: Judy Jackson
This film is a follow up to 'Walk With Us".
Judyfilms' documentary films are about issues of social justice & have won more than 60 international awards.