For over 5 years now, once every week, Alvaro Enciso has quietly gone out into the Sonoran Desert, placing a cross in each place where the remains of migrants who died in the desert after illegally crossing the border into Arizona were found by the border patrol. The County’s Medical Examiner provides him and his volunteers (members of the Tucson Samaritans) with updated maps that lists the exact location of nearly 3,000 human remains, found in the Arizona desert since 2001. The number is continuously growing; the crosses he and his team placed during my visit were for two of this years casualties. Alvaro has placed over 800 crosses alread, his project, titled Donde Mueren Los Suenos / Where Dreams Die, is ongoing.
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