Migrant caravan nears the ‘route of death’ in Mexico where hundreds have been kidnapped by cartels and gangs in recent years

Monday, November 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

4,000 Central American migrants streamed into the town of Cordoba in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz
It could be last stop before they reach Mexico City and they are still hundreds of miles from the United States
Organizers unsuccessfully pleaded for buses to help then continue their journey after three weeks traveling
On Friday, a caravan from El Salvador brought around 1,000 people into Mexico
Another caravan of about 1,000 Hondurans, Salvadorans and some Guatemalans entered Mexico this week
Mexico’s Interior Ministry estimated Saturday that there are more than 5,000 migrants in southern Mexico
President Trump has ordered US troops to the Mexican border and more than 7,000 have been deployed

By LEAH SIMPSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
5 November 2018

Almost 4,000 Central American immigrants trying to escape gang violence in their home countries entered Veracruz Sunday – the Mexican Gulf coast state where many have been kidnapped in recent years.

The group was for directed northward and into what’s known as the ‘route of death’, settling in the town of Cordoba for some much-needed rest.

But first they had to trek past the state’s sugar fields and fruit groves where hundreds of migrants have disappeared after gangs are thought to have snatched them in an effort to obtain ransom payments.

They had moved 124 miles from their previous stop to reach Veracruz, a gateway to the central part of the Mexico, making it one of the longest days of travel yet.

However the groups are still hundreds of miles away from the border of the United States after walking and hitching rides.

Authorities there said in September they had discovered remains from at least 174 people buried in clandestine graves, raising questions about whether the bodies belonged to those missing migrants.

The migrants generally say they are fleeing rampant poverty, gang violence and political instability primarily in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

So they were understandably angry as they stopped in Cordoba.

Others had already hopped freight trucks to Puebla and even Mexico City.

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