"Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement"
---- American Dream by James Truslow Adams
But, unfortunately, there is a lesser known dark side to the American dream.
Photographer Nicola Ókin Frioli perfectly captures a glimpse of the journey of many individuals who tried their best to reach America. They suffered a lot of humiliation including sexual assaults and physical violence.
Eventually, all their dreams of having a better and beautiful life got shattered. Most of the men, women and children are from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. They had to pass through Mexico to reach United States where they became victims of various mishaps. These heart-touching pictures say a lot about their sufferings.
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Teofilo Santos Rivera of Panama was a victim of attempted mass assault by gang members while he was crossing through Mexico. He escaped and jumped off the roof of the train that injured his leg.
I have worked with drug traffickers (in Honduras) to support my family, until I fled for the safety of my children.
Mariana, 29 from Honduras was attacked while she was trying to cross through Mexico. She fought boldly and avoided an attempted sexual assault.
During her journey to United States, Yenifer along with her elder sister faced an unfortunate automobile accident at Tapachula, Chiapas.
Lydia lost her husband two years ago from brain trauma after an accident involving impact with the train. The only thing she got after his death was his hat.
Elsa Santos Mateo, 28 of Honduras was given a rosary for her protection during her travel.
After being deported along with his brother Danilo, his other brother Medardo was killed.
Wendy from Honduras escaped from her husband (who is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha) after he attempted to murder her.
International Organization Free Wheelchair Mission donated a plastic seat adapted wheel chair to immigrants at the shelter.
Gonzalo from Honduras left a message for his wife and 9-month old daughter. The message says, Lorena Rafaela, I miss you a lot. Back soon. His family sincerely hopes that he will make it to the United States.
Armando, El Salvador, was deported in Baja, California while riding a cargo train crossing Mexico. He tried to reboard the train through Tenosique, Tabasco but sadly, he fell and lost his arm.
Six-year-old girl from Honduras drew this, imagining to return back home someday.
This 14-year-old was travelling with his brother to arrive at the border line of United States. Unfortunately, he faced a wasp attack.