Migrants from Another World: Part 2

Routes through the Americas: One migrant’s journey from the hills of Nepal to the Colombian jungle

30 August 2020
ILLUSTRATION COURTESY CLIP AND OCCRP
ILLUSTRATION COURTESY CLIP AND OCCRP

The old school building in Puente América has seen better days. Once a place where the children of the tiny Colombian hamlet would come to learn their lessons, today it looks like little more than an abandoned ruin. 

But inside, its walls tell a different story. 

A reporter who visited in 2015 found the former classrooms covered with messages in Hindi, English, Nepali, Bengali and Arabic, written by migrants who had taken shelter there during their long journeys to North America. 

Some wrote their names on the flimsy wall: “Alhaji Abass from Mamobi,” “Bilal Warrakh, Pakistan,” “Zakari Ganiou le Beninois.” Others wrote prayers for help, calling on “almighty Allah [to] guide us.”

Messages from migrants inside Puente América’s old schoolhouse.. José Guarnizo Messages from migrants inside Puente América’s old schoolhouse.. José Guarnizo
Messages from migrants inside Puente América’s old schoolhouse.
José Guarnizo

Deepak Adhikari  is a Kathmandu-based journalist.

Keywords: Migrants from Another World refugees migrants Nepal South Asia Latin America
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