October 28, 2014

“Imagine you are experiencing the worst pain of your life. Now imagine that the only way to get the pain medication you need is to travel several hours on a rickety public bus, while you are in agony. That’s the reality for thousands of people every year in Mexico. But this suffering is unnecessary – and our video will help create momentum for change.” – Human Rights Watch (HRW)


In May 2014, HRW successfully completed a Kick Starter Campaign to fund the creation of a video to raise awareness about the lack of availability of palliative care in Mexico.  HRW’s Diederik Lohman teamed up with photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi (VII) to make this video happen. In early September the duo traveled to Mexico and document the story of Donia Remedios, 73, a pancreatic cancer patient, who makes the long journey to Mexico City to receive palliative care.

Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

Photo©2014 Ed Kashi/VII

Watch the final product of the video above. Also see still images from this story highlighted as a featured story on VII.

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