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‘I Don’t Want To Lose My Mommy’: A Migrant Child Cries For His Mother In Heartbreaking Video

It feels as though with every passing week, more and more images and cases of migrant children either undergoing traumatic experiences or being separated from their families rise to the surface, going viral on mainstream media. The latest heartwrenching video is one of a young migrant boy in tears, saying “I don’t want to lose my mommy” as he witnesses her being dragged under a rip current in the Rio Grande. 

*Warning: the video is graphic*

This week, a camera crew from Univision caught a heartbreaking moment in which a migrant boy can be seen frantically calling out for his mother while holding tight to his dad. 

“The child begs for [them] to save his mother while his father cries for help. [The mother] fights against the currents of the Río Bravo. This Venezuelan family, along with more than 100 migrant families, crossed the river after waiting over 5 months in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, waiting for asylum in the United States,” wrote journalist Jorge Ramos in a caption on Instagram

The Rio Grande, also known as Río Bravo del Norte, is one of the main rivers in the southwest United States and northern Mexico. It begins in south-central Colorado and flows through the Gulf of Mexico. It also forms part of the U.S.-Mexico border – totaling a length of over 1,000 miles that many will cross in order to get to the U.S. 

“Migrants have for years traversed the Rio Grande on makeshift rafts to cross illegally into the United States. But facing a surge of families from Central America, border-patrol agents are now pulling dozens of migrants, including young children, form the harsh current of the river almost every day,” writes Zolan Kanno-Youngs reporting from Texas for The Independent. “President Donald Trump’s repeated threats and attempts to limit immigration have not deterred migrants.”

On July 23, the Daily Mail reported: “At least 30 children and adults who evaded Mexican immigration forces in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, made it across the river that serves as a dangerous passageway to the American dream in the United States.”

The heartbreaking video shows the moment when a migrant boy tightens his group on his dad, frightened to see that his mother is getting swept away by a rip current on the Rio Grande. 

The young boy’s dad was also carrying his other son while the mother momentarily disappeared under the rushing waters.  

The migrant mother struggles to stay afloat as the father of her child tries to make the dangerous walk across the Rio Grande that separates Mexico from the U.S. The migrant mother and her family were all part of a group of migrants from Central America and Venezuela who had reportedly spent three to five months in Mexico waiting to seek asylum. 

According to the Daily Mail, the mother eventually made it to the U.S. shore in Texas after other migrants helped save her life. 

They formed a human chain and helped her sons make it to the U.S. shore too. 

“Her husband and other son later joined them after agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrived on two rafts to assist them and other migrants,” the Daily Mail reports. “Another 110 refugees stood behind after their efforts to join them were thwarted by Mexican immigration agents patrolling the area.” 

This latest video of the father and his child trying to survive the Rio Grande rip currents while simultaneously seeking help for the mother isn’t new. 

This is just one more case of other migrant families who have nearly lost or lost their lives while seeking a better life in the United States. 

On June 24, the Texas Tribune reported that four bodies were found southeast of Anzalduas Park in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area, south of McAllen (three children, and one woman dead). The New York Times also took a deep dive into deaths on the Rio Grande, “a look at a perilous migrant route.” According to TIME, a search was underway earlier this month looking for a 2-year-old that was reported lost along the Rio Grande River by her mother after an attempt to cross near Del Rio, Texas. 

It’s heartbreaking to see so many migrant children in danger due to the policies that the Trump administration has put in place and continues to enact. 

Last month, a powerful and heartbreaking image depicting the body of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 2-year-old-daughter Valeria went viral showing us that migrant folks are putting their lives on the line simply to seek a better life in this country. 

While folks have criticized major publications and whoever else shares these images on social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – others think it’s necessary to share these images to push people to do something to change these circumstances. 

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