Deaths in the desert

There are places, like the medical examiners office in Tucson, Arizona, where the human cost of migration to the United States is counted.

“This year, or this particular month of the year, has been one of the worst months ever,” he says wearily. “To date we have had 53 bodies made known to us and brought to this office.” The people who wind up in Dr Parks’ morgue died awful and lonely deaths – suffering from thirst and heat. He’s found evidence some committed suicide rather than endure that pain – corpses with their veins opened by razor blades, and a man who hung himself with his own shoelaces.

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