The trek is especially difficult for families as rumors of child abductors abound and vehicles offering rides are scarce
As their fellow travellers rested along the side of the road, Walter Hernández and his four-year-old son David tossed a bouncy yellow ball back and forth amid the black soot of burned-off brush. The acrid smell of smoke still lingered as they played.
But all was not well, confided Hernández.
“My son has a cough and can’t sleep, and my daughter has a fever,” he said, nodding towards two-year-old Génesis, whose face was buried in her mother’s shoulder.
In the two weeks since setting out from San Pedro Sula in Honduras, the caravan of migrants travelling across southern Mexico has crossed two borders and covered more than 1,000 km (621 miles), passing through police roadblocks, disaster zones, sweltering heat and torrential downpours.
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Update #1: Bandaged feet, bleeding hands, violent coughs: The caravan takes its toll (Washington Post)
Update #2: Migrant caravan: Many migrants are becoming sick (Al Jazeera)
WNU Editor: The Mexican police/government is not making it easier for these migrants to continue on their journey …. Mexican agents, police nibble at edges of caravans, forcing migrants off trucks (Toronto Star/AP). In my opinion these caravans will eventually reach (with smaller numbers) the U.S. border, but obstacles to enter the U.S. are only going to increase. As I tell my friends in Europe, the U.S. border is not like Europe’s borders, and Europe does not have leaders like President Trump who is standing-up to a migrant invasion. Bottom line. I would not be surprised that when this is all over, only a small fraction would have been successful in crossing into the U.S., and for the rest a lot of disappointment and regret.