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Tue Nov 27, 2018, 09:15 PM

"This is what Trump's caravan 'invasion' really looks like.."



But for the most part, they say, people had displayed extraordinary kindness. Farmers had greeted them on the roads with sliced oranges and bags of water and strangers had given them rides. Every day brought these tiny, unexpected miracles: a plate of beans when their children were crying, a pickup when their legs could go no further. And for that reason, they believe that God is traveling with them on this journey to America.I discover them in San Pedro Tapanatepec in the southern state of Oaxaca, traveling along the Pan-American highway, on what turned out to be the toughest day of the journey. The towns had been small, and few vehicles had passed along the country roads. Most of all, it had been hot, with temperatures reaching 95F (35C). Families with children had walked over nine hours and, once arrived, had collapsed into every nook and crevice of the town.

A caravan of 4,000 people doesn’t simply visit a town, it swallows it whole, figuratively if not physically, and takes it hostage with its energy and chaos. Migrants move through the streets stalling traffic. Their bedrolls occupy every open porch and sliver of shade. Near the market, lines of them spill out from the internet cafe and the Western Union. A crowd overwhelms the merchant selling cellular plans, and for about two hours they bring down the network. Along the streets, residents peer out though closed shades and many businesses have closed.


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María Cáceres’s son Javier, who is 15, has Down’s syndrome. He’s a tall, chunky kid, with short dark hair, a missing front tooth and eyes that are permanently crossed.

María tells me how they fled San Pedro Sula after gang members constantly harassed her family for bribes and “taxes”. When they couldn’t pay, some men burned down their house, then murdered her two brothers. María had just finished burying them when – on 12 October – the caravan formed in the center of town. Traumatized, she left her two other children with relatives and told Javier it was time to go. The two of them joined the exodus with only the clothes on their backs.

The journey has been difficult for Javier, his mother says. In addition to Down’s, he was born with hydrocephalus, a condition where excess fluid collects in the brain. He easily gets dizzy and complains of headaches. Doctors have told María that he needs surgery, but she’s never had the money. He also suffers regular seizures, yet it’s been weeks since they could afford his anticonvulsant meds.

The previous day, Javier collapsed from the heat while walking the highway, and María worries he will have a seizure so far from a doctor. She points to his ankles that are swollen from wearing flip-flops, and says the food donated in the camps is making him vomit. He hasn’t been eating, she tells me. “He’s very weak. When he gets tired he just sits down in the road.”

Next to them is Juan Antonio and his six-year-old daughter Lesly, who has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to walk or speak, she is bound to a stroller that is too small and showing wear. Her big brown eyes slowly look across the room, monitoring the action.




Juan is an aberration in the caravan – a single father traveling with so many women. A soft-spoken man, he hails from the mountains of western Honduras, where he worked in the coffee fields until the crops kept failing and forced his family to the city. In Ocotepeque, he found work as a security guard, but it paid little, and the streets where they lived were ruled by gangs and thieves. “One night they found us,” he says. “When I was at work, a man broke into my apartment and raped my wife.”

Lesly had sat in the room and witnessed the whole thing. For days his wife stayed home and cried. The rapist was a notorious gang member, and Juan knew that he would die trying to avenge her. Instead he called the police, who did nothing. When the man discovered Juan had snitched, there was no choice but to leave – but there was Lesly, who was all but paralyzed since she was two.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/26/migrant-caravan-disabled-children

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Cha Nov 27 #1
Docreed2003 Nov 27 #2
violetpastille Nov 27 #3
sheshe2 Nov 27 #4
ismnotwasm Nov 27 #5
world wide wally Nov 27 #6
hostalover Nov 27 #7
smirkymonkey Nov 28 #8

Response to JHan (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 09:21 PM

1. Mahalo, JH..

Running Scared Human Beings..


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Tue Nov 27, 2018, 09:23 PM

2. A gut wrenching, poignant piece...K&R

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 09:27 PM

3. I read this last night and the thing I keep thinking about

today was that the parents hadn't heard of the detention centers or the family separations.

They had no idea of what they will be stepping into.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 09:32 PM

4. I have no words, just a heart that hurts.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 09:43 PM

5. The right is responding with 'Obama did' this or that

But we’ve had weeks to prepare a well-thought out and humane response. Instead..this

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Tue Nov 27, 2018, 11:45 PM

6. These are simple, humble people and probably 99% of them are Christian on top of it

Oh yeah... The Religious Right doesn't consider Catholics as Christian.
Trump has far more in common with MS13 than these people do.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2018, 11:46 PM

7. The first picture--so poignant. Seriously, why would anyone who does not have a

solid reason attempt a journey such as these people have? I hate trump.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2018, 01:47 AM

8. These poor people. The hardships they have endured.

How dare Trump demonize them and call them all criminals. It makes me absolutely sick! He is an evil, hateful person!

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