May 14, 2021

Migrants take refuge in Puebla before traveling to Mexico City

Migrants take refuge in Puebla before traveling to Mexico City

Thousands of Central American migrants dispersed in groups in the Mexican state of Veracruz are today on foot or in all types of vehicles to the state of Puebla, as a stopover prior to their arrival in Mexico City.

From different cities and small towns in the south and center of the state of Veracruz, Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans board cargo trucks to go to the eastern state of Puebla, the gateway to the capital of the country.

Since Friday when they arrived in Veracruz, more than 4,000 migrants, who entered Mexico from October 19, dispersed in a dozen municipalities, under the slogan of regrouping in the colonial city of Puebla.

The largest number of Central Americans who undertook the pilgrimage left the cities of Cordoba and Amatlan de Los Reyes, where many slept in the shelter of Las Patronas, a group of altruistic women who feed migrants who travel by train.

In the dining room "La Esperanza del Migrante" located in the La Patrona congregation, municipality of Amatlán, the women – who three years ago were nominated for the Prince of Asturias award – gave the few foods they had.

The coordinator of the movement, Norma Romero, said that the most urgent thing is canned food, bottled water, empty bottles, toiletries, clothes and shoes for the other caravans that come behind.

This advanced caravan is followed by a second of 2,000 other migrants, most of them Hondurans, who entered the country on October 29 and who transit through the state of Chiapas.

Meanwhile, the third group, of about 500 Salvadorans, who legally requested asylum in Mexico, also remain in Chiapas and a fourth group of about 2,000 Salvadorans who entered Friday walking along the Suchiate River to the city of Tapachula. also in Chiapas.

Franklin Javier Jiménez Rivera, originally from San Pedro Sula, has 25 days of pilgrimage, travels with his wife and their two and a half year old son. Today it travels through the federal highways of the Mexican southeast until it reaches Mexico City.

"I am a bricklayer, we work there for a day or two and sometimes we rest all week, there is little to be gained and not enough for what the child requires," he says.

The Honduran explained that the large contingent was divided to move forward, after they realized that immigration authorities and federal police have allowed them to transit through Mexican territory. Even, he said, they have been taken care of.

"They have treated us well here, we just have to be careful in the" raids "they give us, but they have treated us well here, La migra has been supporting us," he added.

Together with Franklin, thousands of Central Americans who make up the first wave of the mass exodus go to the heart of Mexico, the old Tenochtitlán.

In the city of Puebla, the authorities waited for the arrival of some 4,500 people in the shelters installed in the parishes "La Asunción" and "San Juan de los Lagos" in addition to the sports center Xonacatepec, north of the city.

In the Mexican capital, the Central Americans will be welcomed at the Jesús "Palillo" Martínez stadium, which is located within the complex of the Sports City of Magdalena Mixhiuca, a few steps from the Hermanos Rodriguez autodrome.

The installation, prepared to accommodate some 5,000 Central Americans, has already reached some 300 migrants who traveled in various means of transport from the state of Veracruz during almost all Saturday and early Sunday.


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