Tale of the Border
With Mark crossing borders more frequently, now that he's passing through some of smaller countries on his route, we thought it would be good time to reflect on his time in one of the world's most dangerous border regions.
The Mexico/USA border, between El Paso and Juarez, is one of the largest in the world. The smuggling of drugs and people is well documented, as is the power of the drug cartels who operate in the region. This was never going to be the most peaceful place for Mark to visit.
Its widely accepted that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the United States, however just across the Rio Grande is the murder capital of the world; Mexico's Ciudad Juarez. Both cities are deeply entwined economically, culturally and by families split on both sides of the border.
Before Mark crossed into Mexico he joined the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Patrol in El Paso to find out what it takes to control of the US side of this notorious border. US Border agent J. Romero explains what Mark should expect when he crosses into Juarez.
Mark joined Julian, who lives in the area, on a drive around Juarez and discovered that despite a heavy police and military presence the city remains a battleground for drug cartels.
Juarez and El Paso are only separated by the narrow Rio Grande and a few border checks but in many ways the two cities are worlds apart.