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provide water, food and first aid to people in need. We believe in
respect for human rights, rendering humanitarian aid, and one’s ethical
responsibility to assist those suffering.
We are your friends and neighbors.
We believe that providing aid to
another human being in distress is a fundamental human value, and that
there should be no more deaths in our desert. We look forward to the day
when our assistance is not needed.
Green Valley, Arizona is just 40 miles from the border, in 1853 Gadsden
Purchase country. At the border, Nogales, Arizona faces Nogales,
Sonora, Mexico, but Ambos―both―Nogales are very different. Just
like their countries.
Today, migrants escaping high unemployment in Mexico and Central America
slip north―mostly on foot―across that border, desperate to find work and
new lives. Powered by hope, generally uninformed, they walk toward great
hardship and often death.
Three years ago, a loose coalition of Green Valley men and women came
together to give humanitarian aid to migrants in distress. Mainly retired
professionals of varying backgrounds and beliefs, they called themselves
the Green Valley Samaritans, following the example of the Tucson