Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 May 2019  U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge    Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pray for the No More Deaths volunteers along the U.S./ Mexico Border who have been convicted and are still facing charges because they left water for migrants who crossed through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.  Pray for humanitarians all over the word who are having their kindness criminalized by their governments as they try to help migrants.

Christian Peacemaker Teams Reservist John Heid, who has joined public witnesses during these trials, reported in an email,

The recent water trials are really challenging the status of "civil" in the term of U.S. civil society. The manager of Cabeza Prieta NWR testified in federal court yesterday that he did not know and couldn't even guess how many people have perished on the Refuge this year, or any, but he knew the number of Bighorn Sheep hunting permits issued last year and the size of the Sonoran Pronghorn population. It's less a personal indictment than a lens into the culture of death here. The culture of deliberate unknowing. It's racism. It's pervasive, tho' hidden in plain sight. It's beyond denial. The dead and disappeared are as desconocido/a [unknown] as national conscience.

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