TAPACHULA, Mexico - The four Washington State University students on an international reporting trip gathered stories Thursday that left them in tears.
The students - Estreyita Rosales, Nicole Clements, Kelsey Jones and Laura Guido - interviewed three Cuban refugees seeking political asylum, a rape victim from El Salvador, and a trained pharmacist from Eritrea. All had heart-rending tales of violence, oppression and brutality. The goal of those interviewed all seemed the same: a better life.
The students will be writing stories and producing video reports that they hope will be picked up by U.S. newspapers and television stations. The group will depart for Pullman early Monday morning and three of them will be graduating next week, but they are determined to complete their stories because they want them told.
First, they have three more days of intensive work to do, including visiting legal immigration checkpoints and the unsanctioned routes that some migrants use.