‘God will decide if we make it’: Central American caravan presses northward

Despite Trump’s claims of criminals and ‘Middle Easterners’, the migrants heading north through Mexico tell of lives made impossible by gangs, violence, poverty and corruptionStill bleary-eyed after a night camped out in a rain-soaked town square, Miriam Carranza combed the knots out of her daughter’s hair and listed the many challenges of life back in Honduras: the low pay and precarious job security at the maquiladora factory; the soaring inflation; the rampant insecurity.But the final straw came when a local gang demanded payment of a “war tax” that far exceeded the income of Carranza and her construction worker husband. Continue reading…

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