San Pedro Sula.- Hundreds of Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants will leave this Saturday in the first caravan so far in 2022, from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with the intention to reach the United States, as reported to Eph Several of them.
The immigrants, men, women and children, began to gather this Friday at the Metropolitan Transportation Center in San Pedro Sula, where from They plan to leave between 03:00 and 04:00. local (09:00 and 10:00 GMT), and according to the account of several of the Hondurans to Eph, lack of employment and insecurity are the main reasons why they leave the country.
Olvin López, a 30-year-old Honduran electric welder, indicated that he decided to leave in the caravan “to support my family.”
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“I made the decision to go look for a better future for my family and trusting in God we are going to achieve it,” added López, who also pointed out that in some of the places where he has sought employment, they ask him for a professional title, which he does not have. .
According to his account, Olvin, 30, from Concepción del Norte, department of Santa Bárbara, in western Honduras, has been unemployed for seven months, because there are no job opportunities” in his country.
“The dream is to get to the United States and get ahead,” but if I had an opportunity in Mexico, “I would take it, really”, he underlined.
On migrant caravan, said that he found out on social networks and that motivated him to make the decision to leave, “only with a cousin”, 18 years old, who is from Villanueva, Cortés, in northern Honduras.
Olvin indicated that he leaves behind his wife and three-year-old son, who remain in the care of her mother.
One of the Nicaraguans who will go on the caravan, who requested anonymity, told Efe that on “social networks” they found out about the departure from San Pedro Sula, and that they hope “first of all in God to be able to get there.”
He added that on social networks he also learned that United States senators have raised him in a letter addressed to the president of that country, Joe Biden, to approve a temporary protection program for new immigrants who arrive in the northern nation.
“They said they were going to give us a certain TPS, I don’t know what it’s like, to give us the opportunity to enter to see how to work there to help our families,” emphasized the same 42-year-old immigrant.
He also pointed out that Nicaraguans are “recognized because we know everything,” and that in that sense, he knows “auto mechanics, straightening and painting” of vehicles, “I am a taxi driver, I can drive and any type of performance, welding, everything that they make us do.”
He also indicated that he is traveling with three children and left “two little ones there” in Nicaragua, “with my wife.”
The immigrants, who tonight continued to arrive at the Metropolitan Central, began to gather in small groups in the afternoon.
Among these groups are several Nicaraguans made up of up to 16 people, mostly relatives, who agreed that they fled their country because they cannot stand the situation caused by the regime presided over by Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo.
Honduran travels with three children and a brother
A Honduran immigrant, who also did not want to be identified, said in tears that she was traveling with her three children, aged thirteen, ten and six months, and a brother, “fleeing because they want to kill him.”
She added that they come from Tegucigalpa, where she worked as a street vendor in a popular market, but that “sales have dropped a lot and the money is no longer adequate for house rent and food.”
“We are going to go as far as God wants us to go,” added the same woman, carrying her six-month-old daughter standing in her arms, while the other two and her brother rested on one of the cement sidewalks of the Metropolitan Central of the service. of interurban transport of San Pedro Sula, the second most important city of Honduras.
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Until 11:00 p.m. local time (05:00 GMT), most of the immigrants, around 1,000, did not know the route they would follow to reach the border with Guatemala, between Corinto, in the Caribbean, and Agua Caliente, in western Honduras.