Migrant caravan splinters 700 miles away from U.S. border as exhausted Central Americans fume at Mexican officials who reneged on promise of buses to Mexico City

Sunday, November 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

Migrant caravan made up mostly of Hondurans splits up in Veracruz
Region’s governor offered buses to take them to Mexico City, but then reneged
Migrants reach Mexican town of Isla, which is 700 miles south of U.S. border
They plan to spend the night in Isla before leaving at 5am Sunday for Cordoba

4 November 2018

A 4,000-strong caravan of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico split up into several groups with one spending the night in a town in the coastal state of Veracruz and other migrants continuing toward the country’s capital.

The divisions came during a tense day in which tempers flared and some migrants argued with caravan organizers and criticized Mexican officials.

They were upset that Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes had reneged on an offer late Friday to provide buses on Saturday to leapfrog the migrants to Mexico City.

The migrants trekked to the town of Isla, about 700 miles south of the U.S. border, where several thousand stopped to rest, eat and receive medical attention.

They planned to spend the night there before departing at 5am Sunday en route to the town of Cordoba.

But other migrants, mainly men and the younger members of the group, kept on walking or hitching rides toward Puebla and Mexico City.

They hunkered down for the night in Juan Rodriguez Clara or Tierra Blanca farther along the route.

‘We think that it is better to continue together with the caravan. We are going to stay with it and respect the organizers,’ Luis Euseda, a 32-year-old from Tegucigalpa, Honduras who is traveling with his wife Jessica Fugon, said in Isla.

‘Others went ahead, maybe they have no goal, but we do have a goal and it is to arrive.’

Caravan organizers have pleaded for buses in recent days after three weeks on the road, hitching rides and walking. With the group scattered, some have raised questions about whether the caravan would stick together.

In a statement, the migrants lambasted Mexican officials for directing them northward through the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, calling it the ‘route of death.’

A trek via the sugar fields and fruit groves of Veracruz takes them through a state where hundreds of migrants have disappeared in recent years, falling prey to kidnappers looking for ransom payments.

Authorities in Veracruz said in September they had discovered remains from at least 174 people buried in clandestine graves.

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