by S Maria Louise Edwards
In 2019, thanks to the direct contribution of Aguilas del Desierto, either through searches or by serving as a conduit for communication between ‘coyotes,’ family members and authorities, 27 migrants were rescued alive.
That’s an average of two lives saved each month. It is 27 “shouts of joy” as the Aguilas searchers say.
The funding the group received from the Felician Sisters and Felician Services, Inc., has directly made this possible, because it means that the group can drop what they’re doing and drive eight hours to Arizona to help rescue someone in distress.
S Maria Louise Edwards said, “This has always been their dream ever since Ely Ortiz began the group more than 10 years ago. Aguilas continues to express their gratitude for all your support and prayers.”
Also in 2019, Aguilas‘ searchers recovered the remains of 12 people. Six were identified, giving their families closure in their grief and suffering.
Aguilas collaborated with the following organizations In 2019:
- Border Patrol
- Border Angels
- Consulate of Mexico
- Consulate of Guatemala
- Consulate of El Salvador
- Consulate of Honduras
- Eduardo Human Rights Channels of Texas
The total number of calls or contacts Aguilas received in 2019 was more than 6500.
Just this week, CGTN America released an excellent documentary about migrants and conditions faced when crossing the deserts at the U.S. border. The one-hour-long episode, entitled Deserted features Aguilas del Desiertoprominently. The coverage provides a good sense of what happens when the sisters participate in a search, as well as back story as to why crossers are risking their lives to reach this country. The documentary also includes an explanation of what happens when searchers find the remains of crossers who have died in the desert.
The whole episode is worth watching, but Aguilas is featured from timestamp 20:51 to 30:34 minutes and 50:24 to 53:45 minutes.
To access the documentary, click here.