Honduras: ‘Caravan returnees’ hope to try again

Such melodrama from the AP—

The Metropolitan Grand Central bus terminal in this city where the migrant caravan traveling through Mexico originated more than three weeks ago is a place of crossing destinies for Hondurans dreaming of seeking a better life in the United States.

Some of the dozens of people sleeping on the concrete floor or outside on the grass underneath palm trees bathed by the light of street lamps are awaiting buses to the Guatemalan border to begin the journey north. Others are arriving after failing to complete the trip and are being ferried back to the precarious lives they left behind.

Hundreds of the mostly Honduran migrants who set out with the caravan that has traversed hundreds of miles through three countries before arriving in Mexico City this week have returned home, according to the Mexican government. Some grew disillusioned. Others simply wore out. Still others were detained and returned, or gave up on waiting for possible asylum in Mexico and accepted bus rides back home.

Disembarking at the bus station in San Pedro Sula, nearly all of those returning said the same thing: Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but they intend to try again.

“I would go 30 times more if possible,” said Daniel Castaneda, an 18-year-old from the central city of Comayagua. He was detained shortly after migrants in a caravan following in the footsteps of the first one clashed with police on a bridge on the Mexican border with Guatemala late last month.

“I can’t say when, but I am going to keep going. … This country is going to be left empty,” he said.  more here

[Bring Kleenex]


3 Comments on Honduras: ‘Caravan returnees’ hope to try again

  1. Wow. I’d have to pay thousands of dollars to take a multi country tour of central America. These guys get round trip tickets, 3 squares and no visas required.

    Damn. We should organize a travel caravan like that. I’d pay to be part of a 4 thousand Winnebago strong army of tourists heading down to El Salvador.


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