Part of a wider project called Extra-Continental Migration: The Longest Journey to America, “Desperate Journey” provides a rare look into the often deadly trek migrants take through the Darien Gap, a dangerous wilderness crossing between Colombia and Panama that is part of the overland journey from South America to the United States border.
“PBS special correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico put themselves at great risk to join this caravan to bring us ‘Desperate Journey,’ a harrowing tale brought straight from its source,” notes the Peabody Awards website. “What could be more consequential, in helping viewers to understand the desperation of these migrants, than the image of them stepping over the skeletal remains of those who have gone before them and failed? For its courage and its power, and for its visceral telling of an urgent and necessary story, ‘Desperate Journey’ is a Peabody winner.”
Previously, Drost was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for a print version of the story that appeared in California Sunday Magazine. She is one of the few freelancers to be honored with a Pulitzer.
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