8 Nov. 2018
Agua Caliente, Guatemala
Honduran migrants hike in the forest after crossing the Lempa river, in the border line between Honduras and Guatemala to join a caravan trying to reach the U.S, in Guatemala, October 17, 2018. Jorge Cabrera: "A Honduran family with the father in front, a mother with child, and an aunt, carrying all their belongings, scramble up a hill in the jungle after crossing the Lempa river from Honduras into Guatemala. The family, part of a group of some 150 migrants fleeing violence and poverty back home, decided to wade across the river after seeing that Honduran authorities had formed a human wall, blocking the border crossing. For me this image underscores the fact that you can get as far as your feet will take you. I traveled with the caravan of migrants for nine days. When there was downtime they played cards. If there was a soccer ball, they kicked it around. They took turns to bathe at the shelters. Sometimes there wasn't enough food to go around for everyone. But some kind-hearted soul would come through and donate cheese tortillas, instant soups or some other meal. When they were on the move, they always walked in groups. A few short kilometers after crossing the river and climbing the hill, their journey was abruptly cut short by Guatemalan authorities. One by one, men, women and children were boarded onto buses and trucks and sent back to Honduras. After they were deported, I never heard from the family again. This experience showed me that the idea of fighting for the chance at a better life, the desire for well-being cannot be stamped out no matter what walls are thrown up. Their journey goes on and on." REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/File photo SEARCH "LUIS ACOSTA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.