Migrant Quilt Project prepares for nationwide tour - Tucson News Now

Migrant Quilt Project prepares for nationwide tour

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Migrant Quilt Project is one thread to the solution of what the organization calls a humanitarian crisis in our world.

The names of those who died crossing the border are stitched on quilts, even those who names are unknown.

"These people really made a courageous journey to come across the border for a better way of life," said Jody Ipsen, founder of the Migrant Quilt Project.

The group patched a decade of migrant memories by piecing together what was left behind in the desert by those trying to cross the U.S.- Mexico border.

"It's very personal but it also feels like a communication tool," Diana Rix, a volunteer with the organization, explained.

Several volunteers help out, including a granddaughter of an immigrant herself, Mary Vaneecke doing her part to pin down history in the Tucson border sector.

"This was one way I can do something and get the word out on these migrants," Vaneecke explained.

Quilts made of shirts, buttons, denim - some she recalled finding stitched with pesos.

"They were hiding money, little ten dollars in the seams of their jeans so they wouldn't be left with nothing in the middle of the desert," Vaneecke told Tucson News Now.

It's more than a project. It's a movement that has grown over the last decade by shedding light on the issues of the immigration, honoring the thousands who didn't survive their trek.

"It's a very truly emotional experience. After 10 years of doing this, I still weep. Many people do as well when they see," described Ipsen.

The Migrant Quilt Project will be taking its show on the road and is preparing for a nationwide tour with each quilt creation, starting in April.

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