By Jose Torres and Lizbeth Diaz
VILLA COMALTITLAN, Mexico (Reuters) – Tons of of Venezuelans are in a migrant caravan that departed this week from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, in response to organizers, simply as Mexico is mulling tighter restrictions on their entry to the nation.
Reuters spoke with a dozen Venezuelans who mentioned that they had left within the caravan of round 3,000 individuals from town of Tapachula on Thursday after fleeing poverty and hardship of their homeland, the place elections are due this weekend.
Luis Garcia, one of many caravan’s organizers, mentioned Venezuelans made up between 20% and 30% of the group. A quantity associated harrowing episodes on their journey from South America, notably in Panama’s Darien area.
“I do not need to keep in Mexico, we need to go to the USA, we simply need them to allow us to move,” mentioned Daysi, a 63-year-old Venezuelan from town of Maracaibo who joined the caravan with six family, together with two of her kids.
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“No person leaves their nation as a result of they need to, however there are days if you eat as soon as, others not even that, there isn’t any drugs, there’s nothing, we’re dying.”
The federal government’s Nationwide Migration Institute, which has tried to interrupt up caravans, couldn’t say what number of Venezuelans had been within the group, which additionally featured Central Individuals.
The variety of Venezuelans crossing Mexico has leapt in 2021, and Reuters final week reported the federal government is contemplating setting stricter entry necessities to stem the circulate.
The caravan, the second massive one to depart Tapachula inside a month, has made gradual progress and on Saturday reached the village of Villa Comaltitlan within the state of Chiapas.
One other 34-year-old Venezuelan lady from Caracas, who requested to stay nameless for concern of reprisals, advised Reuters by phone she was overwhelmed and raped by two hooded males in Darien, however resolved to proceed “by the ability of God.”
“They put a gun in my mouth,” she mentioned. “I could not say no as a result of there have been lifeless ladies there who resisted.”
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm her story, however she shared a doc exhibiting she had registered the sexual assault with docs. She too deliberate to achieve the USA so she will ship a reimbursement to her child and mom in Venezuela.
(Reporting by Jose Torres in Villa Comaltitlan and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico Metropolis; Modifying by Dave Graham and Matthew Lewis)
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