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'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Updated : 2019-09-24 06:35:22

Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob.The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is crying. This story is part of an occasional series, "Outsourcing Migrants," produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

In this July 26, 2019, photo, people from Africa and Central America sit in chairs as the sun sets at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 26, 2019, photo, people from Africa and Central America sit in chairs as the sun sets at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 24, 2019, photo, Africans sit in folding chairs at Buen Pastor migrant shelter in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. They are part of the cobbled-together community of El Buen Pastor, or The Good Shepherd, 134 migrants from around the world locked into a shelter every evening at 5:30 p.m., trapped in an immigration purgatory barely three miles from the Paso del Norte Bridge and an easy walk to their goal: The United States. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 24, 2019, photo, Africans sit in folding chairs at Buen Pastor migrant shelter in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. They are part of the cobbled-together community of El Buen Pastor, or The Good Shepherd, 134 migrants from around the world locked into a shelter every evening at 5:30 p.m., trapped in an immigration purgatory barely three miles from the Paso del Norte Bridge and an easy walk to their goal: The United States. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 30, 2019, photo, people walk through the patio at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 30, 2019, photo, people walk through the patio at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Alphat, of Uganda, runs through a neighborhood surrounding the El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. Alphat runs relentlessly, and seemingly effortlessly. People stop to stare, surprised to see a black man with ham-sized biceps and impossibly broad shoulders running through this city, which has long been a magnet for migrants. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Alphat, of Uganda, runs through a neighborhood surrounding the El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. Alphat runs relentlessly, and seemingly effortlessly. People stop to stare, surprised to see a black man with ham-sized biceps and impossibly broad shoulders running through this city, which has long been a magnet for migrants. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 24, 2019, photo, paramedics carry Yanisley Estrada Guerrero to an ambulance after she complained of tightness in her chest and an accelerated heart rate at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico.
In this July 24, 2019, photo, paramedics carry Yanisley Estrada Guerrero to an ambulance after she complained of tightness in her chest and an accelerated heart rate at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. "Everyone cries here, even though we try to keep each others' spirits up," said Guerrero, a 33-year-old Cuban economist and former bank manager. "I still cry almost every day. But I do it in the shower because I don't want anyone to see." (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a Guatemalan man gets a plate of food at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a Guatemalan man gets a plate of food at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a Honduran girl shares a lollipop with an African girl at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a Honduran girl shares a lollipop with an African girl at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, Samuel, of Honduras, center, is treated at a clinic after taking a bus from El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, Samuel, of Honduras, center, is treated at a clinic after taking a bus from El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 26, 2019, photo, a girl from Africa plays with a girl from Honduras at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 26, 2019, photo, a girl from Africa plays with a girl from Honduras at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 30, 2019, photo, Desidero Ojeda, left, of Texas, works with Alphat, of Uganda in repairing a display case at Ojeda's corner store near El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants, where Alphat is staying, in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 30, 2019, photo, Desidero Ojeda, left, of Texas, works with Alphat, of Uganda in repairing a display case at Ojeda's corner store near El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants, where Alphat is staying, in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 28, 2019, photo, Evelyn, of El Salvador, eats a shared lunch as her daughter sleeps an area set up for families among the pews at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 28, 2019, photo, Evelyn, of El Salvador, eats a shared lunch as her daughter sleeps an area set up for families among the pews at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a boy from Honduras jokes with an African man in the dormitory at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a boy from Honduras jokes with an African man in the dormitory at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 28, 2019, photo, a woman from Nicaragua embraces a man from Africa under the patio floodlights at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 28, 2019, photo, a woman from Nicaragua embraces a man from Africa under the patio floodlights at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 30, 2019, photo, migrants from Africa and Latin America check their phones among cables of charging phones plugged into sockets at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 30, 2019, photo, migrants from Africa and Latin America check their phones among cables of charging phones plugged into sockets at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, a migrant from Cuba passes the day listening to music in a converted school bus parked near El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, a migrant from Cuba passes the day listening to music in a converted school bus parked near El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Alphat, of Uganda runs through a neighborhood surrounding the El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. Alphat runs relentlessly, and seemingly effortlessly. People stop to stare, surprised to see a black man with ham-sized biceps and impossibly broad shoulders running through this city, which has long been a magnet for migrants. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, Alphat, of Uganda runs through a neighborhood surrounding the El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. Alphat runs relentlessly, and seemingly effortlessly. People stop to stare, surprised to see a black man with ham-sized biceps and impossibly broad shoulders running through this city, which has long been a magnet for migrants. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, a man from Africa uses the ceiling space above his bunk to store his valuables at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 31, 2019, photo, a man from Africa uses the ceiling space above his bunk to store his valuables at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 28, 2019, photo, Anderson Jimenez, of El Salvador, carries his brother Jacob at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 28, 2019, photo, Anderson Jimenez, of El Salvador, carries his brother Jacob at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, pastor Juan Fierro, right, touches Miguel, of Cuba, during services at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, pastor Juan Fierro, right, touches Miguel, of Cuba, during services at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 27, 2019, photo, an Ethiopian man reads his Bible in a shower stall as dawn breaks and others return their mattresses after sleeping outside at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 27, 2019, photo, an Ethiopian man reads his Bible in a shower stall as dawn breaks and others return their mattresses after sleeping outside at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a Cuban man looks at a computer screen as others lay around the patio at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a Cuban man looks at a computer screen as others lay around the patio at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 27, 2019, photo, a migrant wakes up before sunrise at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this July 27, 2019, photo, a migrant wakes up before sunrise at El Buen Pastor shelter for migrants in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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