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Migrant Caravan Sought to Promote Awareness of Suffering in Northern Triangle 

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80577
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2018-04-26
By: George Rodríguez

The migrant caravan that raised the ire of US President Donald Trump as it made its way from Central America to Mexico in March is an eight-year-old Central American tradition known as the Viacrucis Migrante (Migrant Way of the Cross). During the caravan, which has been held since 2010 to coincide with Holy Week, hundreds of undocumented migrants contribute to create awareness about the plight of people living in the violence- and poverty-ridden region known as the Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica (Northern Triangle of Central America), made up of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. About 80% of this year’s participants, approximately 1200 people, were mainly Hondurans, the majority women, children, and young men.Participants in the Viacrucis––most of the time on foot, at times riding buses––follow the perilous route from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala to its northern border with the United States, in the hope that traveling in a large group will keep them from abuse by corrupt police or by ruthless organized crime networks.

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