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02Religion, Migration and Mexico\u2019s Dangerous Road North - Heart and Soul2013072720130728 (WS)

People trafficking in Mexico and the faith in God that strengthens migrants

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

'Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States', a quotation often attributed to the former Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. Nowhere does it feel more apt than in northern border states such as Coahuila, where Heart and Soul hears more stories of the migrants of central America.

Los Zetas are one of the most feared criminal cartels in South America. Their reputation for ruthless violence means they control vast areas of Mexico. The trade and trafficking of people is now one of their most lucrative earners, every day hundreds set off from Central America with the intention of making it accross the Rio Grande into America.

But its not just the heat, the vast deserts and unforgiving terrain that have to be navigated - Los Zetas and their fellow cartels have to be negotiated too.

In the second part of his journey along the route from Mexico's southern border to the northern border with the US, Will Grant meets the people who have suffered at the hands of the gangs. They have been locked up and tortured, and had their faith tested and strengthened by their experiences. He meets Christian who tells him he spent two weeks on top of the train that crosses all of Mexico - known as Las Bestia - only to be kidnapped by Los Zetas.

Will finds out that the migrants load is light - they can only carry a few clothes and their faith - faith in God and faith that they will be one of the lucky few to reach the US.

(Image: A book titled No Human Being is Illegal on a table. Credit: Myles Estey, BBC)

02Religion, Migration and Mexico\u2019s Dangerous Road North - Heart and Soul2013072720130729 (WS)

People trafficking in Mexico and the faith in God that strengthens migrants

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

'Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States', a quotation often attributed to the former Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. Nowhere does it feel more apt than in northern border states such as Coahuila, where Heart and Soul hears more stories of the migrants of central America.

Los Zetas are one of the most feared criminal cartels in South America. Their reputation for ruthless violence means they control vast areas of Mexico. The trade and trafficking of people is now one of their most lucrative earners, every day hundreds set off from Central America with the intention of making it accross the Rio Grande into America.

But its not just the heat, the vast deserts and unforgiving terrain that have to be navigated - Los Zetas and their fellow cartels have to be negotiated too.

In the second part of his journey along the route from Mexico's southern border to the northern border with the US, Will Grant meets the people who have suffered at the hands of the gangs. They have been locked up and tortured, and had their faith tested and strengthened by their experiences. He meets Christian who tells him he spent two weeks on top of the train that crosses all of Mexico - known as Las Bestia - only to be kidnapped by Los Zetas.

Will finds out that the migrants load is light - they can only carry a few clothes and their faith - faith in God and faith that they will be one of the lucky few to reach the US.

(Image: A book titled No Human Being is Illegal on a table. Credit: Myles Estey, BBC)

02Religion, Migration and Mexico\u2019s Dangerous Road North - Heart and Soul2013072720130730 (WS)

People trafficking in Mexico and the faith in God that strengthens migrants

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

'Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States', a quotation often attributed to the former Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. Nowhere does it feel more apt than in northern border states such as Coahuila, where Heart and Soul hears more stories of the migrants of central America.

Los Zetas are one of the most feared criminal cartels in South America. Their reputation for ruthless violence means they control vast areas of Mexico. The trade and trafficking of people is now one of their most lucrative earners, every day hundreds set off from Central America with the intention of making it accross the Rio Grande into America.

But its not just the heat, the vast deserts and unforgiving terrain that have to be navigated - Los Zetas and their fellow cartels have to be negotiated too.

In the second part of his journey along the route from Mexico's southern border to the northern border with the US, Will Grant meets the people who have suffered at the hands of the gangs. They have been locked up and tortured, and had their faith tested and strengthened by their experiences. He meets Christian who tells him he spent two weeks on top of the train that crosses all of Mexico - known as Las Bestia - only to be kidnapped by Los Zetas.

Will finds out that the migrants load is light - they can only carry a few clothes and their faith - faith in God and faith that they will be one of the lucky few to reach the US.

(Image: A book titled No Human Being is Illegal on a table. Credit: Myles Estey, BBC)

02Religion, Migration and Mexico\u2019s Dangerous Road North - Heart and Soul20130727

People trafficking in Mexico and the faith in God that strengthens migrants

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

'Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States', a quotation often attributed to the former Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. Nowhere does it feel more apt than in northern border states such as Coahuila, where Heart and Soul hears more stories of the migrants of central America.

Los Zetas are one of the most feared criminal cartels in South America. Their reputation for ruthless violence means they control vast areas of Mexico. The trade and trafficking of people is now one of their most lucrative earners, every day hundreds set off from Central America with the intention of making it accross the Rio Grande into America.

But its not just the heat, the vast deserts and unforgiving terrain that have to be navigated - Los Zetas and their fellow cartels have to be negotiated too.

In the second part of his journey along the route from Mexico's southern border to the northern border with the US, Will Grant meets the people who have suffered at the hands of the gangs. They have been locked up and tortured, and had their faith tested and strengthened by their experiences. He meets Christian who tells him he spent two weeks on top of the train that crosses all of Mexico - known as Las Bestia - only to be kidnapped by Los Zetas.

Will finds out that the migrants load is light - they can only carry a few clothes and their faith - faith in God and faith that they will be one of the lucky few to reach the US.

(Image: A book titled No Human Being is Illegal on a table. Credit: Myles Estey, BBC)

02 LASTHeart And Soul2013072720130728 (WS)
20130729 (WS)
20130730 (WS)

Will Grant looks at the faith that strengthens trafficked people in Mexico.

Los Zetas are one of the most feared criminal cartels in South America their reputation for ruthless violence means they control vast areas of Mexico, corrupting government and police. The trade and trafficking of people is now one of their most lucrative earners, every days hundreds set off from Central America with the intention of making it accross the Rio Grande into America.

But its not just the heat, the vast deserts and unforgiving terrain that stand in their way, Los Zetas and their fellow cartels who control this nomadic trade have also to be navigated.

In the second part of his journey along the route from Mexicos southern border to its northern border with the US, Will Grant meets the people who have suffered at the hands of the gangs, been locked up and tortured and had their faith tested and strengtheend by their experiences.

He meets Christian who tells him he spent two weeks on top of the train know as Las Bestia crossing all of Mexico. only to be kidnapped by Los Zetas. A typical story of life on the road, but as Will finds out, the migrants load is light, they cannot carry many belongings a few clothes and their faith, faith in God and faith that they will be one of he lucky few who reach their destiny and life in the USA, and the more that faith is tested he finds the stronger it becomes.

"Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States�, a quotation often attributed to the former Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. Nowhere does it feel more apt than in the northern border states, like Coahuila where Heart and Soul hears more stories of the migrants of central America.

02 LASTHeart and Soul2013072720130730 (WS)
20130729 (WS)
20130728 (WS)

Will Grant looks at the faith that strengthens trafficked people in Mexico.

Will Grant looks at the faith that strengthens trafficked people in Mexico.

Will Grant looks at the faith that strengthens trafficked people in Mexico.

Los Zetas are one of the most feared criminal cartels in South America their reputation for ruthless violence means they control vast areas of Mexico, corrupting government and police. The trade and trafficking of people is now one of their most lucrative earners, every days hundreds set off from Central America with the intention of making it accross the Rio Grande into America.

But its not just the heat, the vast deserts and unforgiving terrain that stand in their way, Los Zetas and their fellow cartels who control this nomadic trade have also to be navigated.

In the second part of his journey along the route from Mexicos southern border to its northern border with the US, Will Grant meets the people who have suffered at the hands of the gangs, been locked up and tortured and had their faith tested and strengtheend by their experiences.

He meets Christian who tells him he spent two weeks on top of the train know as Las Bestia crossing all of Mexico. only to be kidnapped by Los Zetas. A typical story of life on the road, but as Will finds out, the migrants load is light, they cannot carry many belongings a few clothes and their faith, faith in God and faith that they will be one of he lucky few who reach their destiny and life in the USA, and the more that faith is tested he finds the stronger it becomes.

"Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States�, a quotation often attributed to the former Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. Nowhere does it feel more apt than in the northern border states, like Coahuila where Heart and Soul hears more stories of the migrants of central America.