They came from Nogales and other parts of Mexico to live in this ramshackle collection of structures located next to a public landfill in Nogales, Sonora. This group of people, many of them migrants who were unable to cross the border and ended up trapped in Nogales, formed a community.
They toiled on the garbage mounds as the trucks dumped their refuse, to collect recyclable materials and whatever else they could find to be able to buy food and maintain their fragile existence.
A new hospital being built nearby would put an end to this community, whose residents were negotiating a resettlement agreement with the administration of the Nogales Municipal President Ramon Guzman. But it all came to an end on the night of March 15, 2015, when the majority of the settlement was burned to the ground. The fire absolved the city of its obligation to resettle the people of the landfill, and claimed one of their own – Juan de Dios, who perished in the fire.