Friday, January 25, 2013

A migrant's journey

As I traveled around the desert with friends and family who came to help me install my cardboard cutouts, we came upon the recurring scene of clothes, backpacks and other item's left behind by migrants on their journey.
This backpack was in a stream running alongside a road on a rainy afternoon. We stopped to investigate and I became consumed by emotion when I held it in my hands. I don't know who it belonged to, their story is something I will never know. What I did know is that I was standing there because my parents, luckily, did make it across. In that moment, holding that backpack made me reflect on what that meant, and it overwhelmed me.

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