19 Jun. 2019
Venezuelan migrant Erika Quevedo, 28, poses for a picture with her children Osmariel, 6, and Gabriel, 1, as they wait for transport to continue their journey, after they processed their documents at the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border service center, on the outskirts of Tumbes, Peru, June 17, 2019. "It's as if we were all blind, wandering here together," Quevedo said of her 8-day trip from her hometown of Barquisimeto in Venezuela. She said she paid guides in Colombia to help her family make the trip, only to find they disappeared with their money. With little cash left, she survived the rest of the trip by banding together with other single mothers she met on the way. "I don't know what I would have done without them," Quevedo said of her female travel mates as they hustled with their kids toward Peru's border. Quevedo said anything beats being a mother in Venezuela. When her son was born, prematurely, she couldn't summon an ambulance or a ride to the hospital. "My son was born in my house and my mom was the midwife". "If it weren't for my mom, my son wouldn't be here." REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins SEARCH "MOTHERS REFUGEE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.