Migrants from Another World: Part 4

The Fallen: Back in India with broken dreams after braving the migrant route through the Americas

09 September 2020
Illustration Courtesy CLIP - OCCRP
Illustration Courtesy CLIP - OCCRP

On 4 July 2019, people across the United States celebrated Independence Day with fireworks, barbecues and star-spangled flags.

That same day, three young men in their teens and early twenties—Sanjiv, Raja and Manpreet—left their village in northern India in pursuit of their own American dream. 

They had paid thousands of dollars to smugglers to transport them thousands of kilometres across the world in the hope of making a better life in the United States. They then spent months travelling on foot or by plane, boat and bus, down rivers and through jungles, crossing a continent along the way.

But their dreams did not come true. The three migrants were caught and placed in a Mexican camp before they crossed the Rio Grande into the United States. Three months after they left home, Sanjiv and Raja were deported to India, where they are now struggling to make ends meet. 

Manpreet died at the age of 16 in a hospital near the camp, a 17-hour drive from Texas.

Ushinor Majumdar is a journalist with Confluence Media.

Keywords: Migrants from Another World Latin America South Asia refugee indian migrants Punjab Mexico
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