All You Holy Men and Women Pray For Us-Saints Among Us #2
This "saint" works tirelessly with The Samaritans (Los Samaritanos). "Since July 1, 2002, Samaritans have been a voice of compassion, a healing presence in the Arizona desert. It is an organization comprised of people of conscience and faith who render humanitarian aide to migrants in distress in the Tucson sector of the Arizona/Mexico border. In the desert, if a person is actively exerting himself, (and the coyotes/paid guides ARE hustling them along), he needs 15.5 liters of water per day to stay hydrated. There is no way that a person can carry that much water. Dehydration also makes a person more prone to hypo- and hyperthermia. Then, to further compound problems, immigrants get huge, foot-encompassing blisters that render them unable to 'keep up' so they are abandoned in the desert by the coyotes. IF they can continue, they often become lost, succumb to the elements, and die. The woman pictured above, hikes the trails searching for lost immigrants, puts water alongside the remote ever-changing paths that immigrants take, educates others about the immigrant plight, and has co-authored a book titled 'Crossing With The Virgin' (by Kathryn Ferguson, Norma Price and Ted Parks). She also owns a dance studio and teaches belly dancing. Oh glorious, myriad, diverse saints among us!