© Reuters. Migrants relaxation as they participate in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Nuevo Milenio Valdivia, Mexico November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
By Lizbeth Diaz and Jose Torres
MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) – A caravan of hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean resumed its trek through southern Mexico on Monday, despite issues that half of them might be injured or sick, together with some from dengue fever.
Over the previous week, the roughly 3,000 migrants, largely ladies and kids, have trekked over 100 km (60 miles) from the town of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border, struggling through sweltering warmth and night rains.
Kabir Sanchez, a volunteer physician serving to to take care of injured caravan members, stated he and his colleagues handled dozens of individuals on Saturday with foot accidents, respiratory issues, infections and pregnant ladies vulnerable to miscarrying.
“More than 50% of the people in the caravan are sick,” he advised Reuters by phone.
He stated different caravan members had doable instances of coronavirus, however that the federal government had not supplied COVID-19 exams.
The authorities’s National Migration Institute (INM) didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon COVID-19 testing.
The INM did say in a press release that six folks within the caravan, together with 5 kids, had contracted dengue.
On Sunday evening, the caravan members slept outdoors within the rain having paused their trek throughout the day because of the well being issues.
Most of the migrants are fleeing poverty, violence and the affect of hostile environmental circumstances linked to local weather change of their homelands. Many hope to make it to the U.S. border.
Leaders of the caravan final week rejected the Mexican authorities’s supply of visas that are supposed to grant migrants entry to healthcare and common work, arguing it had didn’t hold guarantees to assist them up to now.
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