Border town split by post-9/11 fears

With border running through backyards, residents of US-Canadian town can be detained for turning down wrong street.

    Where before two communities on different sides of the US-Canadian border functioned as one, 21st century security concerns have created a divide marked by sensors and cameras.

    The centuries-old border community of Derby Line in the United States and Stanstead in Canada still features a public library intentionally built to straddle the two nations' border, but locals say the two sides are spending less time together.

    With the border cutting right through town, residents now have to worry about border patrol agents responding if they cross their backyard fence or turn down the wrong street.

    Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Derby Line.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    A journey through Romania in the time of coronavirus

    A journey through Romania in the time of coronavirus

    A photojournalist travels across the country in a motorhome to document how curfews and quarantines have changed it.

    Life after death row: The pastor praying for Nigeria's prisoners

    The Nigerian pastor adapting to life after death row

    Clinton Kanu spent 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, but life on the outside feels far from free.

    What it means to love a dead child

    What it means to love a dead child

    You must forget all you thought you knew about grief when the landscape of your life has been demolished.