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The train approaching the end of its journey in North America. The mother awaits the boy riding on top of the train’s engine. The boy carries a gallon of water, a cell phone, and baseball bat, and wears a hat that reads “No Fear”. The engine is decorated with milagros and a crutch; its wheels are inset with X-Acto knife blades, all signifying perils of this journey in which many of the riders lose limbs.

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© 2019 Christine Oatman