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Looking back on a child migrant's journey north on 'The Beast'
Looking back on a child migrant's journey north on 'The Beast'

Denis taught me how to tame "The Beast." He was 12. I was 52. We met in a rail yard in Tapachula, Mexico, not far from the Guatemalan border. I had slung two cameras over my back and climbed the iron rungs to the top of a hopper car. I peered over and saw Denis curled up on a bed of gravel. His mattress was crumpled paper, his blanket an oversize pullover with a green collar. A single click of my camera startled him awake. He stood up on his mattress. He looked like a kitten stretching and yawning. It was the summer of 2000, and I was there to document the journey of the stowaways who rode the freight train that lurched northward through the soggy Mexican countryside....

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