A caravan of thousands of migrants continues to slalom its way through Central America in hopes of reaching a safe haven beyond the southern U.S. border.
The group, consisting mostly of Honduran migrants, is making its way through Guatemala and hopes to continue northward through Mexico. Hundreds slept on the floor of a school in Guatemala City this week, The New York Times reported, while others were left out on the street.
Many said they were making the journey for economic reasons. Others, suffering from health issues, were hoping to seek medical treatment.
“There isn’t work or anything. You can’t live in Honduras,” Jennifer Paola López, a 16-year-old farmworker, told the news outlet. “There isn’t money. There’s no help from the government. There’s nothing.”
Migrants have participated in caravans for at least a decade, fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Yet the topic has gained attention from President Donald Trump, who regularly conflates immigration from Latin America with crime, drugs and violence.
Snapshots depict the group’s burdensome voyage, which encompasses everything from trudging through murky water to taking care of infants in the back of a truck: