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Heartbreaking images reveal the plight of the migrant crisis after a man and his 23-month-old daughter were swept by a strong current Monday on the Rio Grande in Mexico.
Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and little Valeria were spotted face down in shallow water along the bank of the river.
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His black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl's head tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.
The searing photograph of the sad discovery on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils of the latest migration crisis involving mostly Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States.
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From the scorching Sonora desert to the at-times fast-moving Rio Grande, the U.S.-Mexico border has long been an at times deadly journey for those who cross it illegally between ports of entry.
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In recent weeks alone, two babies, a toddler and a woman were found dead on Sunday, overcome by the sweltering heat.
Elsewhere three children and an adult from Honduras died in April after their raft capsized on the Rio Grande, and a 6-year-old from India was found dead earlier this month in Arizona, where temperatures routinely soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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'Very regrettable that this would happen,' Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday in response to a question about the photograph.
'We have always denounced that as there is more rejection in the United States, there are people who lose their lives in the desert or crossing' the river.
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Ramírez's widow, Tania Vanessa Ávalos told La Jornada, that the family had spent the last two months in Mexico at a migrant camp waiting for an appointment to apply for asylum to enter the...
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