Tired and an­gry, mi­grant car­a­van splin­ters in Mex­i­can state

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A 4,000-strong car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants trav­el­ing through Mex­ico split up into sev­eral groups with one spend­ing the night in a town in the coastal state of Ver­acruz and other mi­grants con­tin­u­ing to­ward the coun­try’s cap­i­tal.

The di­vi­sions came dur­ing a tense day in which tem­pers flared and some mi­grants ar­gued with car­a­van or­ga­niz­ers and crit­i­cized Mex­i­can of­fi­cials. They were up­set that Ver­acruz Gov. Miguel An­gel Yunes had re­neged on an of­fer late Fri­day to pro­vide buses on Satur­day to leapfrog the mi­grants to Mex­ico City.

The mi­grants trekked to the town of Isla, about 700 miles (1,126 kilo­me­ters) south of the U.S. border, where sev­eral thou­sand stopped to rest, eat and re­ceive med­i­cal at­ten­tion. They planned to spend the night there be­fore de­part­ing at 5 a.m. Sun­day en route to the town of Cor­doba.

But other mi­grants, mainly men and the younger mem­bers of the group, kept on walk­ing or hitch­ing rides to­ward Pue­bla and Mex­ico City. They hun­kered down for the night in Juan Ro­driguez Clara or Tierra Blanca far­ther along the route.

“We think that it is bet­ter to con­tinue to­gether with the car­a­van. We are go­ing to stay with it and re­spect the or­ga­niz­ers,” Luis Euseda, a 32-year-old from Tegu­ci­galpa, Hon­duras who is trav­el­ing with his wife Jes­sica Fu­gon, said in Isla. “Oth­ers went ahead, maybe they have no goal, but we do have a goal and it is to ar­rive.”

Car­a­van or­ga­niz­ers have pleaded for buses in re­cent days af­ter three weeks on the road, hitch­ing rides and walk­ing. – AP

Photo: AP

Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants, part of the car­a­van hop­ing to reach the U.S. border, a ride on in the trunk of a taxi, in Acayu­can, Ver­acruz state, Mex­ico on Satur­day.

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