After crossing the Guatemalan border, the caravan of Honduran migrants resumed its long march to the United States in a heavy rain on Wednesday, according to AFP reporters.
The column of about a thousand people, including children, left Monday and Tuesday the second largest city in Honduras, San Pedro Sula (northwest). It spread after it had crossed this first border, and small groups walked on Wednesday, with the first target being the capital, Guatemala, to 225 km.
The group of hundreds of people easily overtook Tuesday night clocks at the border, which had to block the passage.
About 300 migrants, however, could not leave Honduras, because the Guatemalan authorities refused to allow minors despite the dissatisfaction. Many were crying for the departure of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
The column was formed in response to a message on social networks in which a "caravan of January 15" is announced.
A group of about 200 Salvadorans also took the road to the United States on Wednesday to escape misery and violence. Their intention is to cross Guatemala and Mexico, and if they can not cross the border with the United States, seek asylum in Mexico.
Since Honduras left the first caravan on 13 October, President Donald Trump is determined to confirm his decision not to accept immigrants without a visa on US soil.
This last exodus was an opportunity for the American president to claim the construction of a wall at the border with Mexico with even greater force. The refusal to finance this work by the Democrats caused the longest "closure" (closure of federal administrations) of history, which is still under way.
– "Everything for the whole" –
"I went to the family, but it hurts me to leave my country, my wife and my four children," said the 36-year-old Angel Mejia.
"In Honduras it is no longer alive," says 25-year-old Franklin Aguilera, sitting on a sidewalk with his wife Jennifer and their two-and-a-half-year-old son. He also relies on unemployment and the violence of criminal gangs. "It makes me sad to leave my country, I go looking for work and make sure I come back, because Honduras is a beautiful country, but without a future," says the welder and electrician.
"In Honduras there is no work, we can not live, and that is why we have decided to play for everything," says Juan Hernandez, 52, accompanied by his 10-year-old son. "I could not take it anymore, there is nothing, basic necessities are very expensive and wages are very low," he adds. "I trust the Virgin" of Guadalupe, says the man in his fifties and he leaves behind a woman and two children aged four and a half years in the village.
Representatives from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico discussed a plan for migrant assistance with officials from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepalc), a UN body, in San Salvador Tuesday.
Mexico, led by the leftist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador since December, has said that it plans to set up a relief camp for migrants in Chiapas (south-east), near the border with Guatemala. He also warned that he would invest in the security of his border to prevent it from operating on its territory as in 2018.