Listen: Levi Vonk, Axel Flood, Mexico discussed on Reveal
"Levi Vonk, I'm an anthropologist in two thousand fifteen I got a research grant to go down to Mexico, and what I was going to look at is Central American migration through Mexico, and I just needed to figure out who this guy was. Levi had been documenting migrants stories from the caravan, and he had tons of questions for axel. So when they got back to the shelter Levi pulled out his tape recorder. An axle started from the beginning. Everything we spoke about everything we spoke about was just about how hard it was my situation. Right. I gave him all ahead. I was telling him about what I witnessed why was going through without failing. Look, I'm from New York. And I see this guy who's got it all surely in the middle of nowhere doing all this writing walking, what has gone through hell with us. And acting like one of us. And when I saw that I was like. This is kind of a joke. And then things started to getting complicated. You know, we started hearing rumors about immigration. Being in certain spots making plans to stop us. Was like God this there's got to be a snitch in between this and saw look at him. No doubt. That's why I decided to go ahead and hat case ass. I had him on a very simple way. And so I ki- lock his computer, his MAC, computer. And I was like let me see if as true. Yes. Hack me start reading all the stuff that he was told. It was true. And by the time, I knew that all that. Tell them was I'm sorry, man. I don't believe in you. But knowledge do and I started protecting him to you know, what I'm saying. Excellent Levi marched with the caravan up to sixteen hours a day in over one hundred and ten degree heat. Sometimes leave I would record along the way. I don't wanna go down deep all because if I too much. I say, no. Doc goes up, man. I thought this was welcome Ali. Trade. Here. Look, I didn't put any on this. Don't worry, man. I'll take it. Like a man all. Oh. And along the way leave I learned more and more about axles life. His mother fled the Guatemalan civil war when he was just a baby and axel shared. How he didn't know he was undocumented until he was a teenager. After his mom told him, axel flood is house and frantic. They marched over seventy miles until they arrived in X Deepak Oaxaca at the shelter of father Sola lean day, a priest who helped organize the caravan. It was Easter Sunday and after days on the road the migrant celebrated mass. The next day. Axle noticed something happening right outside the gates. I was standing by the door. And then these car parts right out of the shelter from the door. Actual could see a few men holding machine guns and a lot of official looking truck and he gels by we gotta we gotta love the hall place."