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December 19, 2018
A group of men, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S,...
Tecun Uman, Guatemala
Pictures of the Year: Caravans: the new face of migration
A group of men, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S, pull down the border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, October 28, 2018. Reuters photographer Carlos Garcia Rawlins: "This picture of men trying to pull down the Mexican border gate seems to symbolise the struggle at the heart of this story: the tension between the urge to find a better life and governments' attempts to control borders. Hundreds of migrants had gathered at dawn on the bridge that marks the border between Guatemala and Mexico. They hoped the guards would open the gates and let them pass through as they moved towards the United States. But the gates stayed locked and as the day wore on tensions rose and tempers frayed. In the early afternoon, people started to attack the Mexican border fence. A police helicopter flew overhead and riot police launched teargas canisters into the crowd, while migrants threw stones. The struggle carried on into the night but the migrants were unsuccessful and the gates remained closed. One man from Honduras died in the clashes. The following day the group started going down into the Suchiate River where they formed a human chain and crossed into Mexico. The caravan might have started as individuals but as time has gone on I've noticed a sense of solidarity growing among the group. They try to keep to the pace of the most vulnerable, people carry each other's children and share what food they have. People here are walking in hope of finding the American Dream - education, work and a better life for their children." REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins SEARCH "IMMIGRATION POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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