The Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics and Frank Stasio from WUNC’s The State of Things participated in a discussion on Central American migration to North Carolina with author and journalist Óscar Martínez.
Every year, tens of thousands of Central Americans — from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador — make a perilous overland journey to the United States. They travel north through Mexico to the US border, riding on top of cargo trains known as “La Bestia” or “the Beast.”
Read the first chapter of The Beast here at Dazed: “Riding the Beast to El Norte”
English-language media coverage of The Beast:
New York Times, December 17, 2013: “Clinging to a Monster in a Desperate Gambit.”
The Guardian, December 28, 2013: “The Beast by Óscar Martínez; Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado”
The Los Angeles Review of Books, December 28, 2013: “Aaron Shulman on The Beast”
The Economist, October 26, 2013: “Beastly Business: Cruelty and Injustice on the Immigrant Trail”
Óscar Martínez, a young award-winning investigative journalist for ElFaro.net, the first exclusively digital newspaper in Latin America, spent two years following in the footsteps of more than 250,000 migrants who make the perilous journey across Mexico every year. He has ridden the Beast eight times himself, interviewing people on their way to the United States. In 2010, his reporting resulted in a book, Los migrantes que no importan, which has just been published in English to The Beast.