‘Exhausted’ caravan migrants take buses HOME: Number of Central Americans heading for US drops as mothers and children give up on arduous journey north

Thursday, October 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

500 people have voluntarily left the migrant caravan and decided to take bus trips back to home countries
Mexican authorities said that many of those who decided to leave the group were ‘sick or exhausted’
Many who left on buses provided by Mexican National Migration Institute were mothers with young children
Hundreds of others have since dropped out of the caravan or accepted asylum in Mexico, it has been revealed
United Nations estimates 7,200 people still in caravan; Mexican government claims there are only 4,500

25 October 2018

The migrant caravan has shrunk after 500 people voluntarily accepted bus trips back to their home countries.

Mexican authorities said many of those who decided to abandon the caravan and accept bus trips back home were ‘sick or exhausted’.

A number of them were mothers with young children. There had previously been reports from the ground of parents pushing strollers or carrying children on their backs.

The buses were provided by the Mexican National Migration Institute, a government agency that controls and supervises migration in the country.

Hundreds of others have since dropped out of the caravan or accepted asylum in Mexico, according to the New York Post.

Numbers have varied widely on just how many marchers are currently in the caravan.

The United Nations estimates that there are 7,200 people in the caravan, while the Mexican government claims there are only 4,500 since hundreds have turned back home.

Alex Mensing, who is providing humanitarian assistance to the group with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the caravan has about 7,000 people from Honduras.

The migrants registered with Mexican officials after crossing the border from Guatemala, Mensing told The Arizona Republic.

He believes about 1,500 more migrants have since joined the group in the last few days.

On Wednesday morning, the main group left Huixtla before the sun rose after spending a day there recuperating and honoring a man who died on Monday after falling from the back of a truck.

They began marching 40 miles to the town of Mapastepec, where they will rest for the night.

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