Jul 30, 2011

Central American migration: Following the Trail of Missing Migrants

CENTRAL AMERICA-MEXICO: Following the Trail of Missing Migrants - IPS ipsnews.net: "To search for her son Juanito and protest the danger and abuses faced by hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants as they journey northwards through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border, Manuela Bran set out Monday for Mexico along with more than 100 other relatives of missing migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, in the 'Step by Step Towards Peace Caravan'. ...

The march to protest the abuses faced by migrants in Mexico, organised by some 20 human rights organisations and groups of families of missing migrants, is following the "migrant trail" that crosses Mexico from south to northeast, through the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Tamaulipas.

The expedition consists of two groups. One is made up of activists and the family members of Central American migrants, who set out by bus Monday from Guatemala City, crossed the border into Mexico and reached Ixtepec, in the state of Oaxaca Wednesday, after passing through Ciudad Hidalgo, Tapachula and Arriaga, in the state of Chiapas.

The second group, consisting of more than 100 migrants, human rights defenders and religious workers, is riding on top of the freight train known as "the beast" or the "train of death," which thousands of undocumented Central Americans ride northwards every month.

The train set out Tuesday from Tenosique, in the southeastern state of Tabasco, on its way to Coatzacoalcos, a city in Veracruz where the two groups plan to meet up Friday Jul. 29. "

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