The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail
Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail
One day a couple of years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote, dusty border towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. Over half of them were never heard from again. O¿scar Marti¿nez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar at the time of the abduction, and his story of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he tells after spending two years traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America to the US border. More than a quarter of a million Central Americans alone make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and last year 18,000 of them were kidnapped.Marti¿nez writes in beautiful, lyrical prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Here is the first book to illuminate this harsh mass migration in the age of the narcotraficantes.
oscar Martinez writes for ElFaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America. The original edition of his book "Los migrantes que no importan" was published in 2010 by Icaria and El Faro and a second edition by Mexico's "sur+" Ediciones in 2012. Martinez is currently writing chronicles and articles for El Faro's project, Sala Negra, investigating gang violence in Latin America. In 2008, Martinez won the Fernando Benitez National Journalism Prize in Mexico, and in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the Jose Simeon Canas Central American University in El Salvador.