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Migrants’ plight: ‘We’re starving. All we have is water and a few cookies’

Thousands of Hondurans seeking a better life in the US are being held back or sent home by Guatemalan forces

Luis Echeverria

Hundreds of Honduran migrants huddled overnight on a highway in eastern Guatemala after domestic security forces used sticks and teargas to halt the passage of a US-bound caravan just days before US president-elect Joe Biden takes office.

As many as 8,000 people, including families with young children, have entered Guatemala since Friday, authorities say, fleeing poverty and lawlessness in a region rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes in November.

“There’s no food or water and there are thousands of children, pregnant women, babies, and they don’t want to let us pass,” said a Honduran stuck at the blockade, who gave his name only as Pedro...

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