Voices

Eduardo Jimenez

Coordinator of Grupo Cajola

Eduardo Jimenez
“I left my country in 1996…There is something very important that I learned in the United States. It’s my history here in Guatemala. I learned why I immigrated. I learned why we were poor. I learned why we give our lives at the border in order to have a better life.”

Caryn Maxim

North American Coordinator of Grupo Cajola

Caryn Maxim
“Why have I been traveling to Cajola for two weeks every month for the past fifteen years? It is my tiny way to right the terrible wrong that we the United States committed by overthrowing a democratically elected president of Guatemala, bringing to a violent end the unique 10 years of democratic spring, and setting the stage for the brutal 36 years civil war that followed. By giving my time, energy, and experience to Grupo Cajola we are taking small steady steps to achieving educational and economic development to one day bring a halt to forced migration.”

Luis Argueta

Filmmaker

Luis Argueta
“Modern migration is a continuation of extractive practices on the part of the industrialized north who pillage the last natural resource of the developing south, their youth. It is also a malevolent miracle by which the southern nations produce cheap labor, convert them into modern slaves who pay for their transportation to the modern industrial plantations where they have no rights, no protection and from which they will be discarded at the first sign of malfunctioning.”

Mark L. Schneider

Sr. Advisor, CSIS, Advisor To Our Documentary

“90% of the cocaine coming from Colombia into the US comes through Central America, increasingly through Guatemala. A couple of hundred billion dollars’ worth of cocaine comes through the country.”