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Thousands of Honduran migrants begin entering Guatemala on their way to the U.S.

2018-10-16 07:19
Some 3,000 Hondurans marching together on foot with the intention of arriving to the United States began entering Guatemala on Monday (October 15) as they fled the violence and poverty of their homeland. The so-called Migrant Caravan is made up of entire Honduran families, women carrying their infants, children, youth and adults. The group made its way toward the city of Esquipulas, Guatemala after a clash with Guatemalan police who blocked a border crossing. The caravan grew through social media and began on Saturday (October 13) in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, the country's most violent. The caravan set off just days after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Central America to stop mass migration. Last week, Pence told Central American countries that the United States was willing to help with economic development and investment if they did more to tackle mass migration, corruption and gang violence. Honduras, where some 64 percent of households are in poverty, is afflicted by gangs that violently extort people and businesses. Credit: Reuters