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Seesaws let children on both sides of U.S.-Mexico border play together

[UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Jul. 30, 2019 3:12 pm

Three brightly colored seesaws placed along the U.S.-Mexico border are allowing children in both nations to play together.

The idea came from a pair of college professors — Ronald Rael at the University of California-Berkeley and Virginia San Fratello at San Jose State University — according to CNN. The two first began talking a decade ago.

The seesaws made their debut this week, inserted into the fence through gaps between steel slats. They connect youngsters in Sunland Park, New Mexico, with children in Ciudad Juárez.

"The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S.-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side," Rael said in a written statement. "Amazing thanks to everyone who made this event possible."

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