Date Publish: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016

In order to raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration through art, the UN Agency for Migration (IOM) supported the SIVAR Network in the development of the mural Migrar no es un juego de saltos, in coordination with the SolucionES Project.

The mural, located in San Salvador close to the Hermano Bienvenido a Casa monument, documents the testimony of a Salvadoran migrant who traveled irregularly with his daughter and son. On the way, and to prevent the girl from being sexually assaulted, the father dressed her as a boy; and played peregrina with both of them, so they would not be afraid.

Migrar no es un juego de saltos was conceived by a group of plastic artists, graffiti artists, graphic designers and architects who received IOM's support, for the materials, to elaborate the mural. In the process, both young people from different areas of San Salvador and neighbors from Colonia Monserrat were also involved. With this, the art piece not only revitalized the neighborhood through muralism, but brought support to the citizen's coexistence.

"This mural portrays the drama of people who decide to migrate irregularly but also represents a meeting point between the Salvadoran youth, who often suffers from stigmatization, and the community. This is the result of many hands, of different ages, that before making this mural were not known", said IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy, .

The mural was led by the SIVAR Network and elaborated with the collaboration of the SolucionES Project, the Mayor's Office of San Salvador and IOM.

IOM's contribution came under the Mesoamerican Program, implemented through funding from the United States Department of State's Office of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). Through the Mesoamerica Program, IOM seeks to strengthen the capacities of governments and communities in the region to protect and provide assistance to vulnerable migrants.

For more information, please contact José Miguel Gómez, IOM El Salvador - [email protected]; or Alba Miriam Amaya, IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - [email protected].