MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico – The first caravan of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico arrived on Thursday in the city of Matias Romero in the southern state of Oaxaca after a grueling seven-hour march, while new contingents follow in their footsteps in Chiapas and more are on their way from El Salvador.
The members of the first caravan, mainly Hondurans, arrived at Matias Romero, in the northern Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and settled in a makeshift shelter set up on a soccer field.
After walking uphill to this village at almost 500 meters above sea level, after spending two days in Juchitan, located just a few meters above the Pacific, the travelers arrived exhausted.
Until Thursday afternoon, the migrants did not have toilets or any washing areas because the latrines “that someone rented” were sent to Jalapa del Marques, where the caravan was originally headed.
But after changing route and looking at the state of Veracruz, at the other end of the Isthmus, “there was no time to make modifications,” the state government said.
For two uninterrupted hours, food and water were served for migrants, and in the afternoon, some rested under the trees and those with enough energy played soccer.
The caravan started early Thursday morning, marching from the north of Juchitan to Matias Romero in the absence of facilities to move to the state capital Oaxaca de Juarez.
The group of migrants, numbering more than 4,000, spent two nights in Juchitan, which welcomed them with hospitality. These are the ones who maintain their intention of reaching the border with the United States of the more than 7,000 who entered Mexico on Oct. 19 from Guatemala.
In addition, there are another 2,000 who entered Mexico on Oct. 29 and are still in the border state of Chiapas.