On April 23, approximately 3,000 migrants formed a significant caravan in southern Mexico and started walking north.
According to organizers, the caravan’s main goal is to call for an end to detention centers, including the one that caught fire last month, resulting in the deaths of dozens of individuals.
Consisting mostly of Venezuelans, the migrant group began their northbound journey from Tapachula, a Mexican city near the Guatemala border, in the early hours of April 23.
The migrants have announced their intention to reach Mexico City within 10 days and appeal for the closure of detention centers.
Typically, caravans originating from southern Mexico head northwards towards the United States, with many migrants viewing these mass migrations as a means of reaching the US-Mexico border.
“We joined the caravan to be safer and not be detained,” Yoani, a Venezuelan migrant who only gave his first name, said in an interview with Reuters.
Yoani said that, once in Mexico City, he and his family are hoping to speed up the legal process for onward travel.
It is currently unknown how many protesters intend to proceed toward the United States. However, one of the migrants sends a clear message.
“We won’t give up, all of us want to get to the United States,” she said.
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