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Breaking Through Walls: Inside the Migrant Caravan *PARTNER CONTENT* 24:35

Breaking Through Walls: Inside the Migrant Caravan *PARTNER CONTENT*

Tijuana
December 31, 2018 at 13:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of refugees from across Central America have almost reached the end of a gruelling journey, their destination: the United States. But the final hurdle is for many the most difficult part of the journey, the Mexico-US border. The border is over 3,000 km long and spans some of the world's harshest desert terrain and much of it is controlled by drug cartels making crossing the border illegally extremely deadly.

The illegal crossing has killed two children in December 2018 alone. Enrique Morones from the organisation 'Border Angels' explains: "This wall that you see here covers one third of the US-Mexico border and has led to the death of more than 11,000 people. The reason they are fleeing has to do with US policies."

Many of those who travelled as part of the caravan came from Honduras. A country which has seen a surge in violence and persecution of human rights activists since a US backed coup overthrew the country's President, Manuel Zelaya, in 2009. Fernando Hernández, a human rights activist from Honduras, was forced to flee Honduras because of his activism: "I am politically persecuted, I faced denouncements and death threats for defending human rights in Honduras. To defend human rights in Honduras has become a crime…two days after I left with this caravan there was an arrest warrant in my name in Honduras. The military police kicked down the door of the home my mother rents, they looked for me at my brother’s place."

redfish followed Ada, a 19-year-old mother of three and a migrant travelling with the caravan to the border crossing, her story is typical of those who joined the caravan: "[In Honduras] we had no possibility to develop or support our families. If one day you manage to eat, the next you are again wondering how to feed them. My little girl was at home waiting for me to bring her food while I had to pay rent I had to pay her expenses, my expenses and I couldn't find a way. The stress drove me crazy."

Ada has been trying to cross into the US legally, but the legal crossing is only available to a few people each day, thanks to a metering policy introduced by the Trump administration which has left Ada and the rest here with two choices - sign up to wait indefinitely in the squalor of Tijuana's camps, in a queue of thousands waiting to cross legally - or make the risky crossing illegally: "For me it is very difficult to be here, to see this wall knowing that I am just a few seconds away from making it. It scares me but at the same time, let’s see what happens. We are already there, there is no way back. I already suffered this road to give up so quickly."

This frustration is not unique to Ada, thousands of refugees fleeing war and political persecution decide to take matters into their own hands on a daily basis. Trump's proposed $5 billion wall would force more people to start taking this risk, making them even more likely to fall victim the the US-border patrol, drug cartels and the harsh Sonoran desert.

Watch our report from inside the Migrant Caravan in Mexico where thousands fleeing poverty and violence are stuck in limbo.

To get the full transcript of this video in English, please contact [email protected]

Breaking Through Walls: Inside the Migrant Caravan *PARTNER CONTENT* 24:35
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Thousands of refugees from across Central America have almost reached the end of a gruelling journey, their destination: the United States. But the final hurdle is for many the most difficult part of the journey, the Mexico-US border. The border is over 3,000 km long and spans some of the world's harshest desert terrain and much of it is controlled by drug cartels making crossing the border illegally extremely deadly.

The illegal crossing has killed two children in December 2018 alone. Enrique Morones from the organisation 'Border Angels' explains: "This wall that you see here covers one third of the US-Mexico border and has led to the death of more than 11,000 people. The reason they are fleeing has to do with US policies."

Many of those who travelled as part of the caravan came from Honduras. A country which has seen a surge in violence and persecution of human rights activists since a US backed coup overthrew the country's President, Manuel Zelaya, in 2009. Fernando Hernández, a human rights activist from Honduras, was forced to flee Honduras because of his activism: "I am politically persecuted, I faced denouncements and death threats for defending human rights in Honduras. To defend human rights in Honduras has become a crime…two days after I left with this caravan there was an arrest warrant in my name in Honduras. The military police kicked down the door of the home my mother rents, they looked for me at my brother’s place."

redfish followed Ada, a 19-year-old mother of three and a migrant travelling with the caravan to the border crossing, her story is typical of those who joined the caravan: "[In Honduras] we had no possibility to develop or support our families. If one day you manage to eat, the next you are again wondering how to feed them. My little girl was at home waiting for me to bring her food while I had to pay rent I had to pay her expenses, my expenses and I couldn't find a way. The stress drove me crazy."

Ada has been trying to cross into the US legally, but the legal crossing is only available to a few people each day, thanks to a metering policy introduced by the Trump administration which has left Ada and the rest here with two choices - sign up to wait indefinitely in the squalor of Tijuana's camps, in a queue of thousands waiting to cross legally - or make the risky crossing illegally: "For me it is very difficult to be here, to see this wall knowing that I am just a few seconds away from making it. It scares me but at the same time, let’s see what happens. We are already there, there is no way back. I already suffered this road to give up so quickly."

This frustration is not unique to Ada, thousands of refugees fleeing war and political persecution decide to take matters into their own hands on a daily basis. Trump's proposed $5 billion wall would force more people to start taking this risk, making them even more likely to fall victim the the US-border patrol, drug cartels and the harsh Sonoran desert.

Watch our report from inside the Migrant Caravan in Mexico where thousands fleeing poverty and violence are stuck in limbo.

To get the full transcript of this video in English, please contact [email protected]

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