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A migrant walks over a freight train known as the beast as he arrives at Piedras Negras, in Piedras Negras, Oct 8, 2023.

Editor’s Letter Volume 16

In this issue, we journey globally to bring you stories of remarkable people and their unique experiences, showcasing the diversity
and resilience that enrich our world. As we delve into these narratives, we cannot ignore the escalating challenges surrounding migration frequently highlighted in the
news. These stories reveal the human side of movement, offering a deeper understanding of the individuals behind the headlines.

Harmful stereotypes and unfounded fears often skew our society’s view of those who move to new countries. We see them as outsiders, threats, or burdens, but these views are far from the truth. Migrants are not the creators of the crises they flee; they are survivors seeking better lives against immense odds. This is explored further in “Shifting the Gaze,” an article on page 32 that shatters the stereotypes about Mexican migrants.

In this issue, we challenge the prejudices that shape our perceptions. We present the real stories of people who, despite facing systemic barriers, contribute significantly to our communities. These individuals are entrepreneurs, artists, and leaders—bringing richness and diversity to our collective experience.

In this issue, we challenge the prejudices that shape our perceptions. We present the real stories of people who, despite facing systemic barriers, contribute significantly to our communities. These individuals are entrepreneurs, artists, and leaders—bringing richness and diversity to our collective experience.

We must confront our biases and recognise that newcomers are not the problem; they are often the victims of global inequities. They flee from war, persecution, and poverty—conditions they did not create. Our empathy and understanding are crucial. Instead of building walls, let’s build bridges. Let’s listen to their stories, understand their struggles, and appreciate their contributions. The harrowing journeys of African migrants seeking refuge in Europe, as detailed in “Raising the Dead” on page 50, further highlight the need for compassion and support.

In contrast, some communities aim to preserve their traditional ways. For example, the Los Acuáticos community in Cuba deliberately avoids modern technology and globalisation, choosing instead to sustain their ancestral lifestyle. This determination to uphold age-old customs exemplifies various human experiences and highlights the significance of honouring different cultures and choices. This story is detailed in “Fallen From State” on page 62. Recognising such differences helps us understand the diverse motivations behind people’s actions, whether they strive to protect their heritage or pursue new opportunities.

It’s not just humans on the move. In Botswana, the zebra migration is a stunning natural phenomenon, where thousands of zebras traverse vast distances in search of food and water. This migration underscores a universal truth: the drive to move, to find better conditions, is a fundamental aspect of life on Earth. Just as animals migrate to survive and thrive, so too do humans seek new horizons to improve their lives. You can read more about this in “The Ancestral Routes” on page 89.

This isn’t just about changing minds; it’s about changing hearts. By embracing newcomers and breaking down stereotypes, we can create a more inclusive, compassionate world. Their stories are our stories, their dreams our dreams. It’s time we see them as they truly are—resilient, valuable, and deserving of our support and respect.

We hope you find this issue as inspiring and enlightening as we do. Enjoy the journey through these extraordinary tales.”

Marcia Degia, Publishing Editor
Contributors
Marcia Degia
Marcia Degia
Alejandro Cegarra
Alejandro Cegarra
Nuria López Torres
Nuria López Torres
Felipe Dana
Felipe Dana
Renata Brito
Renata Brito
Eric Jeng
Eric Jeng
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