A migrant and her two-year-old daughter in Tijuana
The University of Manchester, GB
Jenny Edkins teaches global politics at the University of Manchester. Her poems have appeared in Acumen, Contexto Internacional, Planet and the anthology Inspirations: poems inspired by the poetry of R.S.Thomas (Einion Books, 2019). Her latest academic book is Change and the politics of certainty (2019). Among her other monographs are studies of famine aid, trauma and memory, face politics, and what happens when people are missing or disappeared.
The poem responds to a photograph by Ilana Panich-Linsman that appeared in the magazine Mother Jones. It depicts a migrant, Arlen Cruz, holding her two year-old daughter as rain soaks the camp at a sports complex in Tijuana, Mexico, where many migrants in the caravan from Central America had been staying for two weeks.