'Ana': A comic book of hope about a Honduran girl
Guillermo Arriaga and Humberto Ramos released the comic book Ana, a history of hope, alongside Save The Children.
Ana is a Honduran girl forced by poverty and violence to face life, and now a journey could cost her, her mother and her little brother their lives.
Ana's story is snapshot of the situation of children who migrate from Central American countries to the United States. A story full of survival.
Save the Children and the European Union Humanitarian Aid helped promote the creation of the comic alongside filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga and cartoonist Humberto Ramos.
"The message we want to capture with this history is one of hope, amidst all the darkness that surrounds the characters."
Writer, screenwriter and filmmaker Arriaga debuts in comics with a social work, showcasing the situation of minors that migrate in a dangerous situation. Together with Ramos, an illustrator and cartoonist of international stature who has collaborated with Marvel, they created the work with Save the Children Mexico and Spain, to raise awareness about children and migration.
According to Save the Children, it is estimated that 17 million people migrate from Central America to the U.S. through Mexico every year. One out of every three irregular migrants entering the country are children, accompanied or alone, who cross through increasingly dangerous routes to avoid migration controls. They are usually fleeing poverty, violence, climate change, political conflicts and now the crisis caused by COVID-19.
In general terms, despite touching on a complicated and sensitive subject, the 24-page comic has the word "hope" as its common thread.
"The message we want to capture with this history is one of hope, amidst all the darkness that surrounds the characters. The message we want to convey with this history is one of hope, among all the darkness that surrounds the characters," said the creators.