Refilling water jugs in the Arizona desert

October 16, 2010 by
Filed under: Arizona, Video 

During the past year, more than 250 bodies of people trying to cross the U.S./Mexico border have been discovered in the Arizona desert. That’s a record. Increased numbers of Border Patrol agents, a fence and better technology are forcing migrants to choose riskier routes when they cross the desert, according to a recent NPR story.

Check out the following video, which documents my travels with Humane Borders, a group that sends weekly volunteers to the Sonoran Desert to refill water jugs. Their mission is to prevent deaths in the desert. You can also see photos of the trip.

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2 Comments on Refilling water jugs in the Arizona desert

  1. Sue Goodman on Thu, 21st Oct 2010 12:47 am
  2. Mandy,
    I found your video of the water station maintenance trip in August to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Great work! I don’t know if anyone at Humane
    Borders gave you a copy of the video, “Humane Borders First 10 Years.” If you would more information about the organization, you can see this 28-minute video at There are also several short videos of Humane Borders volunteers on the YouTube channel, hbvolunteer.
    I worked with Humane Borders for 9 years. Thanks for helping tell the story of the border.
    Sue Goodman


    Immigration Conversation Reply:

    @Sue, thanks for your comment. I hadn’t seen that video before, so thanks for providing the link. The video really gives a thorough history of Humane Borders. What is interesting are the efforts to warn people in Mexico about the dangers of crossing the desert. Your video also highlights the religious passion that people bring to their volunteerism, which is a huge part of the story.


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