Guatemala – Mexico
The Suchiate, the river which forms the border between Guatemala and Mexico, is a busy smugglers’ route, for commodities such as gasoline and drugs, but also for people. In addition to the many local residents who go back and forth daily, many Central American migrants attempt the crossing to Mexico. They wade, swim or use small boats to get across the first great obstacle on the way to their destination: the United States.
Train of Hope
Traveling the length of Mexico is the first hurdle that Central American migrants have to overcome in their journey to the United States. They cross the country by bus, on foot, or by hitching rides on freight trains. It is a dangerous trip. Illegal, and thus fair game, as these migrants try to avoid the authorities, they run the risk of becoming victims of human traffickers, or being robbed, raped or murdered. And yet hundreds continue to cross the border into Mexico daily, seeking a place on the trains going north.
This story is part of Via Panam, Kadir van Lohuizen’s project about migration in the Americas.