A photo that has upset the consciences of the United States and of the whole world. And that will inevitably have political repercussions. Father and daughter drowned in the Rio Grande as they tried to cross the border between Mexico and the United States: they were found facedown in the muddy water, with the arms of the little two-year-old still clasped to her father's neck. The photograph of lifeless bodies was taken by Julia Le Duc, reporter for Journada and is traveling around the world becoming the umpteenth symbol of migrant victims who die trying to leave their country. The shot is reminiscent of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy found dead on the coasts of Turkey in 2015. The bodies were recognized: he is a Salvadoran citizen, Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his daughter Angie Valeria. The two bodies, immersed in the water of a cane field, were found on the south bank of the river.
We see the child still wearing shoes, tied to her father by what appears to be a T-shirt with which the man was perhaps trying to keep the little hold of himself in an attempt to protect her. The death would take place on Sunday 24 June and the two bodies were found on Monday 25. They will be repatriated in the coming days. Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of El Salvador has invited families trying to migrate to the US to reconsider: "Don't risk".
A few hours later, four other bodies were found near the Rio Grande and right in the area where a section of the wall built by President Donald Trump is under construction: it is a young woman, two children and a baby.
No comments came from the White House. Meanwhile, the top official of the federal agency that manages the camps on the Mexican border where children separated from illegal families are being held is forced to declare his resignation. In the last year 6 children have lost their lives.