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USA-IMMIGRATION/CARAVAN-IMAGES
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November 08, 2018
People belonging to a caravan of migrants from El Salvador en route to the United States, board a pick-up...
MOYUTA, Guatemala
A Picture and its Story: Central American migrants trek north to seek a better life
People belonging to a caravan of migrants from El Salvador en route to the United States, board a pick-up truck for a hitchhike along the highway to Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala from Moyuta, Guatemala, November 1, 2018. Jose Cabezas: "I've seen a lot of children in the caravan, and in every boy and girl, I couldn't help but see the face of my own six-year-old son. I could feel the parents' fear, the frustration of not being able to give them a decent life. While trying to reach a caravan of Salvadoran migrants in the early hours of Nov. 1, we found a group of migrants sleeping on the side of the road. At dawn they started walking, hoping to get a lift. Eventually a small pickup stopped, and the driver said that he was only going to take mothers with children. At that moment I could see the uncertainty on the faces of the children who did not know what was happening. There were lots of dramas playing out. One woman was traveling to the United States with her two children of 11 and 1 1/2. She told me she only had $10 to reach the U.S. border, where she hoped to get a better job to provide for her children's future. There was talk about President Trump's threats to cut aid to El Salvador. Many said: "Let him take it away, at the end of the day, none of us benefit from the aid anyway." I've worked on migration since the start of my career. In El Salvador, it's been a constant theme in the country's history. Many people flee because of the social problems and political violence. But we haven't seen anything like this since the civil war in the 1980s." REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File photo SEARCH "LUIS ACOSTA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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