Service in the Desert

Fernanda Santos | Aug. 2, 2013 | The New York Times

Maggie Duffy volunteers with No More Deaths in the Arizona desert (Photo by Josh Haner/NYT)Maggie Duffy at a campfire in the Arizona desert. Photo by Josh Haner/The New York Times

ARIVACA, Ariz. — Monsoon rains tinge the desert with deceptive hints of green at this time of the year, but migrants crossing illegally from Mexico continue to risk death from thirst and exposure in the blazing heat. A fortunate few who become lost might stumble upon lifesaving gallon jugs of drinking water, scattered by a band of volunteers along makeshift footpaths that have been carved through the mountains and washes.

From a primitive base camp here, volunteers trained by a group called No More Deaths patrol the desert, offering water, food, clothing and medical care to lost, injured and exhausted migrants, no questions asked. The group’s mission is as simple, though not uncontroversial: to end migrant deaths along Arizona’s borderlands.

Maggie Duffy, 21, is an anthropology major at the University of Notre Dame and a first-time volunteer with the group No More Deaths. The group’s mission is simple, though not uncontroversial: giving food, water and emergency medical care to migrants crossing illegally in a sometimes deadly journey from Mexico to the United States.

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