EL PASO — With a raging drug war that has left many in fear and confusion, the choice to move to the United States isn’t as black and white as some would hope. But for the individuals and families with money, moving to the United States isn’t just a choice, but a luxury they can afford.
Many Juarenses leave much of their family behind in Mexico to start a new life in El Paso, but some such as UTEP art student Luis Porras, who endures a difficult daily commute to school, says he can never really settle in either city.
In fact, it only takes a simple metro ride to get a sense that the idea of “a typical” Parisian woman—or man, for that matter—seems more of a fiction than a reality. If, for instance, you ride the metro from Odeon to Chatelet—two central and important metro exchanges—you will probably see a number of Parisian women who would not match the “typical” description: from college students wearing chador to women wearing Benetton garb, from girls in military fatigues to women in Senegalese kaftans.
A quarter of a century ago the Ronald McDonald House of El Paso opened the doors that would become a welcoming beacon for hundreds of local families in their darkest times.
EL PASO — Even with an early rushed start to the day, Landrea Hatchell is…
As you walk past gravestones so old that parts of the names are chipped off, you can’t help but wonder what the bodies look like after all these years. Your steps become slow and you apply as little pressure as possible, trying not to disturb the dead.
Aquel martes que deambulé por Ciudad Juárez vi algunas funerarias. Una de ellas, Perches, ofrecía ataúdes de metal o laminados en pan de oro. Recuerdo que el gerente del local sólo tenía una queja con respecto a la situación: la morgue oficial, el SEMEFO, no podía con tanta necropsia y le remitían los cadáveres tarde y con gotero. Pero era comprensivo con la situación y se armaba de paciencia.
Looking at the faces of these “regulars” almost sums up the feeling one might get when visiting the dowtown area. One knows that their visits are frequent and prolonged and that on any given day they can find them there, passing the time and living their lives unannounced and undetered. By most standards, one would say that their life is comfortable and often monotonous, but to them, their life is golden.