A new caravan of hundreds of migrants hoping to reach the U.S. or Mexico trekked out of Honduras Tuesday, trying to escape the violence in their cities
Some groups, mostly women and children, boarded buses bound for the Guatemalan border while others started walking and hitchhiked in the rain.
The caravan's numbers are likely to grow as more people headed to bus stations Tuesday.
Honduran media reported that the country’s authorities had reinforced the border with Guatemala to make sure everyone had proper documentation. Children have to carry passports and written parental authorization to leave the country.
Security Minister Julian Pacheco said parents could face up to three years in prison if found to be taking a child without the right documents.
Police patrols were reportedly not blocking the caravan but were checking IDs.
One Honduran woman told AP News she decided to leave with her 9-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son after the girl was raped so badly she suffered medical problems. “It’s not possible to live in Honduras anymore,” the woman said.
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