This is Pio, an amazing, beautiful human living in the Migrant Caravan.
He’s from Honduras with a wife and children back home.
I met Pio during my first day of shooting “Us & Them” Portraits in Mexico City of the humans in the Migrant Caravan. Pio was the first volunteer/collaborator to be photographed for the project in Mexico City and we instantly became friends. He’s fluent in a few languages so he also became my translator/photo assistant/fixer. Day after day Luis (close friend and fixer for Mexico @luisinius ) and I would go to the caravan and Pio would find us and help with shoots.
Pio was also a little famous within the caravan... The border crossing from Guatemala into Mexico is a deep river that the migrants had to swim across. On the day Pio was crossing the river, a large group people were also crossing. During the swim the Mexican government decided to try pushing the migrants back to Guatemala by using the wind created by a low flying helicopter. Because of the wind and deep water, a woman with a baby was struggling to stay above he water. Pio saw the woman and baby go under, so he took off his backpack containing everything he owned, and swam to the woman and baby, actually saving both of their lives. His backpack floated down river and was never found.
This is what a hero of humanity looks like.
So, say Hi! to this really cool, sweet, cheerful, honorable human named Pio!!! Friend him on Facebook and say “THANK YOU for being you!” He’s good people. 😊. PS, a little info on the pics. The first is of Pio holding up money from Honduras. He gave it to me to add to the artifacts in the “ Us & Them” camera. I still have the bill and it will go into the new “Us & Them” camera. 😊
The pic of the good looking guy with Pio, Mr. Guapo is @luisinius. He’s my fixer, collaborator, kick ass writer (VICE) and has become one of my best friends.
And the pic of Pio writing on a piece of paper is him helping write a woman’s “Words from the Heart” after I photographed her and her children for the “ Us & Them” project.
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