A growing group of migrants departed Wednesday morning after a day of rest en route through southern Mexico.
About 2,000 migrants left the town of Tapachula near the border with Guatemala on Saturday (23/10). The group appeared much larger on Wednesday (27/10), and its leaders estimate the total number of members of the group at around 4,000 people, more than a quarter of whom are children.
Luis García Villagrán, a member of the Center for Human Dignity, said there were 1,500 young people in the group and more than 1,200 of them were under the age of seven.
This is the largest group moving through southern Mexico since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out at the start of last year. Another group, consisting mostly of Haitian migrants, who passed through Tapachula this year numbered in the hundreds.
This group was dominated by people from Central American countries.
Rosa Cristina Romero, a migrant from Honduras, said, “I decided to join the group because they (the government) rejected my (asylum application) file and I have nothing to lose by joining this group. So, I came. I joined the group.”
On Wednesday, the migrants moved towards Villa Comaltitlan, which is still about 21 kilometers from where they started their journey. [lt/rs]