An asylum seeker walking while carrying two backpacks and a plastic bag. Illustration by Leonardo March for The Haitian Times

Editor’s note: This article is the first installment of an ongoing series of profiles about Haitian asylum seekers who were intercepted in Del Rio, Texas, in September. As they make their way to family, friends and organizations across the U.S. while awaiting asylum hearings, The Haitian Times will continue to share their stories.

Fort Lauderdale, FL — By the time Jameson Mesidor found himself camped out under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas with thousands of other asylum seekers two weeks ago, the 26-year-old Haitian had resigned himself to accept whatever would come next. After leaving Chile, where he had lived for four years, Mesidor was rejected twice at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border, then bribed Nicaragua-Mexican border agents to make it through. 

During the 5,000-mile trek to Del Rio, Mesidor witnessed some disturbing scenes. — At one point he drank out of a river, only to see a corpse float by minutes later. But he held on to hope throughout.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.