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A Caravan Of 1,600 Honduran Immigrants Has Crossed Into Guatemala, Hoping To Reach The US

Tuesday - 16/10/2018 02:05
The caravan is the second one of its size this year. The first one triggered an angry reaction from the Trump administration.
Honduran immigrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, gesture while arriving at the border between Honduras and Guatemala. | Jorge Cabrera / Reuters
Honduran immigrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, gesture while arriving at the border between Honduras and Guatemala. | Jorge Cabrera / Reuters

A caravan of about 1,600 hungry and tired Honduran immigrants crossed into Guatemala on Monday with the hopes of making it to the United States.

It's the second caravan to head toward the United States this year. In March, a group of at least 1,200 Central Americans departed from the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Mexico–Guatemala border, triggering an angry reaction from the Trump administration. It was not clear whether the group would be allowed to travel all the way to the US border.

The group was stopped by Guatemalan police as they attempted to make their way to an immigrant shelter in the city of Esquipulas. After about two hours, police allowed them to cross a roadblock, and the group was able to get food and water donated by people in the city.

During the standoff, the people in the caravan complained to Guatemalan authorities that they were hungry, thirsty, and tired. A young woman passed out and was rushed away to receive medical attention.

A woman carrying a child told Nuestra Esquipulas, a Guatemalan news outlet streaming the standoff, that they hadn't eaten all day.

"We only drank water, and they won't let us move ahead," she said.

Hondurans traveling in a truck after leaving Ocotepeque, Honduras.
Jorge Cabrera / Reuters
Hondurans traveling in a truck after leaving Ocotepeque, Honduras.

The woman said she left her home and decided to make the trek because of poverty and the lack of opportunities in Honduras.

"We don't have the support of our president," she said. "There are no jobs for the poorest people. Only the sons and daughters of the politicians have jobs."

The caravan, dubbed the "March of the Migrant," took off Friday from San Pedro Sula in Honduras, one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America.

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