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World with a cataravan of migrants leaving Honduras

15:05  16 january  2022
15:05  16 january  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Avec une caravane de migrants quittant le Honduras © AFP

D hundreds of migrants are organized in San Pedro Sula, Honduras , to go to the border of the Guatemala , the first step of the long walk towards The United States .

Saturday morning, men, women and children gathered at dawn on a parking lot of this city, to leave on foot to the promised land, namely the United States, with the hope of being able to find a better future there. .

Some left before the sun was lifted. Taking into a backpack or bags they wear their meager possessions, they head for the mountains that separate them from Corinto, a small border honduran town of Guatemala.

If they succeed, they will have to cross the Honduras then the Mexico .

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They know it's "a very very hard road" that awaits them to reach their goal, as Ovaldo explains, a Nicaraguy who prefers not to give his last name.

But at the end, it's "a better future for our families," he adds, explaining that the situation in his country "is very difficult."

Around him that day, they are about 500. Some are Honduras, others came from Haiti , Venezuela or Nicaragua.

Some even crossed the ocean from Africa.

They seek to escape the violence of drug traffickers and gangs, climatic disasters, floods or drought that destroyed their lives, or just misery.

They come to join the endless flow of migrants trying to reach the United States, which a very small minority will succeed.

2,000 km

On arrival in Corinto, the group is divided to pass before the Immigration Services of Guatemala.

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Those who do not have papers in good standing or no proof of a negative Covid test are immediately repressed, has seen a photographer from AFP.

The Guatemalan authorities believe that, moreover, about 150 undocumented people have managed to enter the border out of authorized passages.

Once the immigration has been passed, a hundred migrants are suddenly stopped by the police who intend to force them to go back. Migrants respond with jets of stones and other objects, making a dozen wounded according to a manager.

The last caravan that passed by San Pedro Sula was part of January 2021, and had about 7,000 people.

Once arrived in Guatemala, they were stopped by hundreds of soldiers who, with batons and tear gas, had forced them to iron the border in the other direction.

For those who managed to pass, in this mid-January 2022, the path is still very long to reach the United States border, at 2,000 km away.

16/01/2022 10:25:44 - San Pedro Sula (Honduras) (AFP) - © 2022 AFP

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