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Emine Fidan Elcioglu

Photo-Essay: The Arizona Desert, a Death Trap for Migrants

by Emine Fidan Elcioglu

The moment I heard the camera click, I had to dart away, gagging. The stench of human decomposition stayed with me for the rest of the day. The image I had captured was of a refrigerated unit in the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson, Arizona. White bags held several dozen human remains, belonging to undocumented migrant men, women, and children who had died in Southern Arizona’s “killing deserts” while trying to enter the US.   The...

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