Sep 17, 2011

Movement for Peace with Justice: Peace Caravan Tells Migrants "You Are Not Alone"

IPS "TECÚN UMÁN, Guatemala, Sep 16, 2011 (IPS) - Lucía and her family left their village in Guatemala village at 8:00 am to join the Peace Caravan, but they had to wait for six hours at the Rodolfo Robles bridge between Ciudad Tecún Umán, in Guatemala, and Ciudad Hidalgo, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

When the motorcade, led by writer Javier Sicilia and activist Julián Le Barón, of Mexico City and Chihuahua state, respectively, finally arrived at the Guatemalan border, Lucía had held her one-year-old son in her arms for ages. Tired out by the wait, he was fast asleep, oblivious of the commotion on the international bridge.

A few paces away from Lucía as she told of abject poverty and violence, Sicilia, who has become a symbol of the victims of violence in Mexico since his son was murdered, kissed the flag of the Guatemalan campesino (small farmer) movement and apologised to all Central American migrants for the ill-treatment they suffer in Mexico on their way to the United States."

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