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Central American mothers caravan demonstrates in Mexico City

Mexico City, May 7 (EFE).- The Caravan of Central American Mothers demonstrated on Saturday in Mexico City’s Zocalo square to demand justice for their children who have disappeared during their migratory transit through Mexico.

A group of 49 people, including a few men, marched through the Historic center of Mexico City carrying photographs of their missing children around their necks and flags of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“Shoulder to shoulder, side by side, we are all migrants,” the women said in front of the National Palace, the official residence of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The group entered Mexico between May 1 and 2 through the bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas state, on the border with Guatemala.

On their return to Mexico after two years of the coronavirus pandemic, the mothers have traveled to the states of Chiapas, Veracruz, Tabasco and the capital to ask the Mexican authorities for progress on the complaints they filed for their missing children.

“Listen child, your mother is fighting. We have never left, here we are and we are not leaving,” the mothers chanted in the Zocalo.

The caravan’s visit coincides with President Lopez Obrador’s trip to Central America to discuss the issue of migration with his counterparts until Sunday.

The region is experiencing a record migratory flow to the United States, whose the Customs and Border Protection agency detected more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants at the border with Mexico during the 2021 fiscal year, which ended on Sep. 30.

The mothers’ march also reflects the missing persons crisis in Mexico, where there are almost 100,000 missing people, according to official government data.

This is the 16th such caravan. A total of 370 people have been located since the start of these events.

During their visit to the Mexican capital, officials from the National Human Rights Commission spoke with the mothers to offer support and advice. EFE


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