ZACAPA, Guatemala – The caravan of Honduran migrants – numbering about 3,000, according to the United Nations – continued moving through Guatemala on Wednesday with the aim of arriving at the US southern border as soon as possible.
The group, which left Honduras on Saturday on foot fleeing the poverty and violence in their homeland – and comprised of men, women and children – left Chiquimula, where they had spent the night, at 5:30 am.
Flying the Honduran flag at the front of the caravan, the group resumed their journey in a light rain, heading for Zacapa, where at a gas station on the edge of town local residents had set up tents to provide the migrants with clothing, water, food and aspirin for their aching muscles.
Many of the migrants, tired from their journey so far, boarded buses and trucks, which took them in the direction of Teculutan, a town in Zacapa province located some 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Guatemala City.
Others in the group headed straight for the capital, where a shelter known as the Casa del Migrante (Migrant’s House) has already requested humanitarian aid to be able to help them.
For the second time this year, US President Donald Trump made the migrant caravan a target for his anger and sparked uncertainty about the future of Washington’s foreign aid to Central America, which helps the region deal with the factors that cause emigration: including poverty and unchecked local violence.
Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that “Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!”
Moments earlier, the president had tweeted “Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country. Great Midterm issue for Republicans!”
The migrant caravan set forth from the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Oct. 13.