Lest we forget…

While the tramp, tramp, tramp of trump, trump trump goes smashing and smashing, through the US and other parts of the world, in Mexico at this moment, migrants or immigrants or refugees continue on their long and difficult journey.

From La Jornada, Jueves 8 de noviembre de 2018.

Migrant children, the most vulnerable side of the Caravan

Mexico City.  Alexander is four years old: he laughs, runs and doesn’t stop playing with the other kids who are moving along with their families in the caravan of Central American migrants to the border of Mexico with the United States.

But, although the little guy, orignally from El Salvador, doesn´t know where he is or where he’s going, he says that he’s already tired, that his feet hurt and he wants to go home.

And hes already spent more than twenty days on this´part of the journey, in which he has had to walk on highways from the southwest of México (Chiapas and Oaxaca) with his mother Elizabeth Gutiérrez, who is one of the thousands of migrants who began this journey the 12 of October in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

And it is calculated that in this contingent more than five thousand people are taking part, among them, a third of whomare minors, that is to say, more than a thousand, according to Edgar Corzo Sosa, fifth visitor from the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH).

The pregnant mothers, and above all, the newborns are the most vulnerable.  There is no census, it’s complicated, but a third part of the caravan is children, we are bringing approximately five thousand people, maybe a little more or a little less, he said in an interview with Notimex.

He pointed out that one of the problems that they live with in this contingent is poor nutrition, since although everything is done so people don’t get hungry, it is not always the most adequate, because it depends on what is available in the communities they pass through.

There are babies between three and four months old whose mothers are nursing them, but, a mama who isn’t as well nourished as you would want who gives the breast to her child, a mama who goes suffering on the road …. It is difficult.

The coordinators indicate that at least 23 pregnant women in the caravan have been identified and among them are some who have not received medical attention although there are medical units.

In respect to the situation which the children endure, Corzo Sosa pointed out that on the road they suffer dehidration and dizziness.  Not only that, sometimes children have been found crying because of the impact of the migration.

And many of them are fleeing sexual violence and gangs, extortion, poverty and  limited access to a decent education and social serices in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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And I will add, sometimes all of the above.  Maybe more often than not. And what they are fleeing is far worse than this terrible journey.

 

 

 

 

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