The caravan of migrants making their way through Mexico to the United States has been characterized by some Americans as a national-security threat or an „invasion“ — but less talked-about are the thousands of young children making the journey.
Last week, UNICEF pegged the number of children at an estimated 2,300, but the caravan has been dwindling as it moves further north and exhaustion and sickness is causing migrants to give up.
It’s unclear how many are still traveling, how many may try to stay in Mexico, and how many have returned to their home countries.
Humanitarian teams working with the caravan have expressed concern about the children’s welfare, and noted that some of them have already become sick or dehydrated.
„The long and arduous journey has left children exposed to inclement weather, including dangerously hot temperatures, with limited access to proper shelter,“ UNICEF said in a statement last week.
Here’s a glimpse at what the youngest members of the caravan are going through.
The caravan originally started in mid-October as a group of several hundred migrants who set out from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Their ranks quickly swelled as word of the caravan spread, reaching an estimated peak of more than 7,000 migrants when they entered Mexico on October 19 — and nearly one-third of them were children.
Though President Donald Trump and his allies have painted the caravan as a sinister force, made up of „bad thugs and gang members“ and „some very tough fighters,“ a major chunk of the migrants are young and vulnerable.
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