Now, Central American mothers are looking for their missing offspring
Another caravan has mobilized this week and it, too, is driven by parents looking for their lost children.
The 10th caravan of Central American mothers searching for their migrant children will cross the border into Mexico on Thursday and embark on a 10-city tour of the country.
Another caravan with similar goals left Tixtla, Guerrero, this week carrying parents of the missing students of Ayotzinapa.
The first will carry 40 mothers who are looking for help from state and federal authorities in locating their children, who disappeared while making the journey to the United States from their homes in Central America.
The project is organized by the Mesoamerican Migrants’ Movement (MMM), which says it has lodged some 70 accusations before state and federal Attorneys General over the disappearance of migrants, but no progress has been seen on any.
“There is no movement, they remain unpunished,” said spokesman Rubén Figueroa.
“Bridges of Hope,” as the caravan is being called this year, will carry 10 mothers from each of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua and will stop at 10 locations, traveling through Tabasco, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, the Federal District and Jalisco.
It will finish the tour in Guadalajara on December 7.
MMM says the number of migrants who disappeared in Mexico number between 70,000 and 120,000. And it blames the Mexican government for the adverse conditions they have faced.
“Our country has practically handed control of the migratory routes to organized crime, and forced migrants to try to remain invisible and anonymous and seek assistance in finding hidden routes,” the organization says on its website.
“Gangs, cartels, local bands, police, corrupt authorities, train engineers and brakemen are in control of the migrant’s route. They grab, extort, rob, kidnap, violate and kill them.”
MMM was born after co-founder Luis Angel Nieto, curious about the Central American migration phenomenon, made the migratory journey himself in 2006. During that trip he came across a group of women from Honduras who were on a journey to find their offspring, lost during attempts to travel to the U.S.
The organization has been working with Central American families to organize caravans ever since.
MMM’s Figueroa was critical this week of the initiative introduced in July to address the needs and issues surrounding Central American migrants. The Coordination of Comprehensive Attention to Migration on the Southern Border has done nothing to benefit migrants, he said. Rather, it has only served to persecute, arrest and deport them.
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