Preventing Death and Suffering in the Southern Arizona Desert
Our mission is to prevent death and suffering in the southern Arizona desert.
Samaritans offer humanitarian aid to migrants. We believe in respect for human rights and one's ethical responsibility to assist those who are suffering.
Founders Shura Wallin and Pastor Randy Mayer decided early in 2005 it was time to establish a Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritan group that would work independently and as a complement to the Tucson Samaritans.
This Humane Borders Red Dot Death Map shows 3,339 migrants have died in Southern Arizona since 2000; about 8,000 along the US-Mexico border. The Warning Map shows how dangerous the trek north could be. Nonetheless, people keep coming to escape known dangers from home.
What Will I Do Without You?
Tortilla cloths, or bordados, are hand-embroidered pieces sent with migrants by their loved ones for their journey. "What will I do without you?" is the translation of the phrase on this bordado. Too many loved ones go missing in the desert...too many have died.