LOS MUTILADOS DE CHIAPAS
Immigrants consider Olga as a miracle in their lives, because without her they would die.
This woman from Chiapas takes in Central American immigrants who are injured when they try to get on a train which they call: "the beast".
They dream of crossing the border into Mexico and then on to the United States -- the American dream. Olga says her mission is to heal the wounded with herbs she prepares herself.
According to Olga, the immigrants without travel documents have no rights in Mexico: the hospitals won't take them in because they have no space or economic means to help them, says the healer.
But this story, despite being tragic, is full of achievements. With her report, Mariela Salgado demonstrates how hope is the last thing one loses, and how the poorest of the poorest, even without arms and legs, still fight to survive and overcome their ordeal.
Mariela Salgado travels to El Salvador to
confront the rising phenomenon of gangs, locally known as “Maras”.
Teenagers who join these gangs have left their innocence behind to
play with death. The battlefield is their own country because “the
Mareros” will not give into the government’s plan to control their
proliferation. The government’s plan, called “Mano Dura” (Hard Fist),
was implemented by former President, Francisco Flores
Mariela Salgado was there and witnessed the
wars between the gangs and the local authorities. The gangs swear they
will not buckle under the government’s plan.
Mariela Salgado, a Chilean reporter,
establishes a dialogue with gang members in a maximum-security prison
in Soyapango, in San Salvador. Along with her cameraman, Kelvin
Charles, they have put their lives at risk and have received death
SACRED AND POISONED FIELDS
With their hard labor they leave their sweat and
exhaustion behind in the land that feeds them, their sacred fields. To
the farm workers, known as “campesinos,” the fields are sacred as they
are their only means of sustaining themselves. But they fear the worst,
that these fields are poisoning their families.
In Immokalee, Florida, three cases have been reported
of babies born with deformities, apparently due to contamination from
pesticides. The campesinos are afraid to speak because they fear losing
their jobs or that they may be deported.
Mariela Salgado went to investigate and met
Francisca and her son Carlitos, a boy born without arms and legs, who
also has respiratory problems and kidney failure.
Following the Immokalee investigation, a Mexican family, in this case
from the fields of Homestead, Florida, also speaks out. They tell the
reporter about the suffering of their daughter, Alexa, who was born with
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WAR IN IRAQ
Salgado travels to Hinesville, Georgia, where she underwent
rigorous training exercises along with soldiers from the 3rd Infantry
Division, who were preparing to leave for Iraq.
The 3rd Infantry Division was at the forefront of the war and the
first group to enter Baghdad. Mariela Salgado obtained moving accounts
from the families of the soldiers and conducted several live reports as
part of the special coverage for the Telemundo Network.