Migrant Father and Daughter Who Drowned in Rio Grande Buried in El Salvador

HeadlineJul 02, 2019

Migrant father Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his young daughter Valeria were buried yesterday in their hometown in El Salvador in a private ceremony. A photo of their drowned bodies in the Rio Grande river both caused widespread outrage at the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border and raised questions about the ethics of exploiting such images in the press. Journalists were not permitted to attend the funeral.

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele said Sunday that their tragic deaths were caused by flawed immigration policies and unsustainable situations in all the countries implicated—the U.S., Mexico and El Salvador.

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