‘There’s no food’: US-bound migrant caravan hunkers down after Guatemala crackdown

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Hundreds of principally Honduran migrants huddled in a single day on a freeway in japanese Guatemala after home safety forces used sticks and tear fuel to halt the passage of a US-bound caravan simply days earlier than US President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace.

As many as 8,000 migrants, together with households with younger youngsters, have entered Guatemala since Friday, authorities say, fleeing poverty and lawlessness in a area rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes in November.

“There’s no food or water, and there are thousands of children, pregnant women, babies, and they don’t want to let us pass,” stated a Honduran caught on the blockade who gave his title solely as Pedro.

Guatemalan authorities stated late on Sunday they’ve despatched 1,568 migrants again residence since Friday, the overwhelming majority to Honduras. Nearly 100 have been returned to El Salvador.

A Reuters witness stated about 2,000 migrants have been nonetheless camped out on the freeway close to the village of Vado Hondo, about 55 km (34 miles) from the borders of Honduras and El Salvador, after clashing with Guatemalan safety forces on Sunday.

“We’re starving,” stated one Honduran mom, caught behind the cordon along with her 15-year-old son, her daughter, 9, and her 4-year-old niece.

“All we have is water and a few cookies,” stated the girl, who declined to offer her title, however added that she and different vacationers had shaped a prayer circle as they camped out.

Other migrants evaded the gridlock by fleeing into the hills to proceed onward to the border of Mexico, the place the federal government has deployed police and National Guard troopers.

“We ran into the mountains because I’m traveling with my one-year-old,” stated Diany Deras, one other Honduran.

Mexico’s border with Guatemala was quiet.

“All is calm here,” stated a National Guardsman answerable for a border crossing straight reverse Tecun Uman, Guatemala, the place caravan leaders hope to cross into Mexico. He sought anonymity as he was not approved to talk to media.

“I hope Guatemala contains them,” he added.

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