Chilling Images Show What Life Looks Like Along the Mexican Border

Fatimah Mazhar
Photographer Charles Ommanney captures life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

British photographer Charles Ommanney is known for his unique portrayal of sensitive political and social issues, including gun control, natural disasters and the rise of political parties.

For his upcoming assignment, a three-part documentary about the immigration debate, he spent three weeks along the U.S.-Mexico border.

It helped him understand how people – mostly from Mexico and Central America – struggle to make their way into America.

Here are some of the most striking images from his collection:

A musician counts his earnings in the Mexican border town of Nuevo Progreso.

Border patrol agents in McAllen, Texas, find a group of men and women hiding in a drainage ditch from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. Still frame from my upcoming documentary The Fence.

A group of women and two unaccompanied children are detained on a levee. Exhausted and hungry the group appeared relieved to be found. It turned out they had traveled from Guatemala and Honduras together.

Woman pokes finger through a fence that snakes across the country from Texas to California.

After walking for days, a Honduran man appears overwhelmed at being caught in a drainage ditch by Border Patrol.

The wall running through beautiful landscapes in Nogales, Ariz.

A contractor fixes holes in the fence where people came the night before and simply cut their way through near San Diego.