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"Invisible Victims"

New Exhibition Depicting Fate of Migrants in South America Will Open on January 14, 2013 at University Library of Freie Universität Berlin

№ 6/2013 from Jan 11, 2013

A new exhibition opening January 14, 2013, at the University Library of Freie Universität Berlin is dedicated to the fate of migrants in South America. The exhibition depicts the situation of individuals from Central and South America, who out of economic necessity make the long and dangerous journey north through Mexico to North America to help their families from there. The "Invisible Victims" exhibition is being organized by members of Amnesty International. It will be on display through March 1 in the foyer of the University Library. There is no admission fee. The official opening will take place on January 15 at 5 p.m.

According to estimations by Amnesty International, every year thousands of people, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, leave their homes to escape poverty in their own countries and try to gain an economic foothold in Mexico, the U.S., or Canada. During a six-month period in 2011, about 11,000 of these migrants were abducted, according to a report by the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (México). The commission also stated that those responsible for these crimes are rarely brought to justice.

Time and Location

  • Exhibition opening on January 15, 2013, 5 p.m.; after that Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • University Library, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)

  • The exhibition will run through March 1, 2013.

  • University Library, Foyer, Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin (subway station: Thielplatz, U3)