Maria Villalobos crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with her seven-year-old daughter Gire just two days before the world’s attention was jarred into focus on the silty stretch of reed-lined river.
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Her perilous journey preceded that of Oscar Martinez who was photographed slumped face down on the river bank with his 23-month-old daughter still clinging to his neck.
Mr Martinez and his daughter weren’t the first to drown trying to cross illegally into the United States but the photo sent ripples around the globe and served as a tragic reminder of the risks migrants from Mexico, Central America and Africa take to live the “American Dream.”
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