(SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras) — Another caravan of Central American migrants set out from Honduras on Monday seeking to reach the U.S. border, following the same route used by thousands last year in at least three caravans.
About 600 migrants gathered under a steady rain at the bus station in the violent city of San Pedro Sula and decided to set out in the darkness, hours before their intended Tuesday departure.
About 300 people, mainly women and children, clambered aboard 30 small buses, intent on reaching the Guatemalan border.
Another 300 or so began walking in the rain toward the border town of Agua Caliente late Monday. One passing man asked a journalist for his umbrella, saying he feared his daughter would get sick in the rain.
As they walked, some migrants pleaded with local store owners to give them food or water for their journey.
The new caravan is almost certain to both raise tensions and garner support along its route through Guatemala and Mexico to the U.S. border.
It was unclear whether the caravan planned to go to Tijuana, the Mexican border city where thousands of migrants from the first three caravans have been largely marooned since November.