Conrad Fox

International reporting projects, migration and robotics

first published in Vidas Cruzadas on Aug. 21, 2008

A father and daughter ride the rails through Mexico

Missing the Train


All looks well for Filiberto, as he rides the rails to the US. A seasoned traveller of this perilous route, he is accompanied for the first time by his daughter. All looks well as they take a rest stop in Orizaba, Mexico, sharing food and laughter with other migrants, united by the dangers they face, including hunger, Mexican authorities and falling from the train. Soon, a whistle blows and it is time to be moving again. Can Filiberto and his daugher keep up, as a crowd of migrants races for the speeding wagons?

Winner of 2007 NY Festivals Award




For 15 years, Conrad lived in Mexico, where he worked as a freelance radio and print journalist. His work took him into a minefield, a gunfight, a dugout canoe and the homes of many fascinating, brave and generous people. He is also an avid teacher and has led classes in radio, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in a diversity of places, including office towers, lecture halls, fields and palm thatched huts.