I recently conducted interviews with migrants and asylum seekers in the lead up to an activist comic I’m doing about the Mexican border.
Here are a few:
Interviewed at a women’s shelter in Nogales. She fled Guatemala with her daughter after gangs shot up her home. Her mother ran a fruit stand and when business dipped she fell behind on her protection payments.
Interviewed in migrant shelter in Juarez. Leon spent 6 months in detention in El Paso system. “Mentally and emotionally, it’s a nightmare. There’s a lot of people that commit suicide and a lot of people who stress out.”
Interviewed in migrant comedor in Nogales. Lived 30 years in U.S. before being deported. Lost for 4 days in the desert after a helicopter scattered his group trying to cross. When his prayers were answered and the border patrol found him: “They played with me.” holding a bottle of water out but then pulling away when he reached for it.
More sketches to come and eventually a 24 page comic!