Hundreds of Hondurans and Nicaraguans will leave in a caravan for the US

San Pedro Sula (Honduras), Jan 14 (EFE).- Hundreds of Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants will leave this Saturday in the first caravan, so far in 2022, from San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, with the idea of reach the United States, according to what several of them told Efe. The immigrants, men, women and children, began to gather this Friday at the Metropolitan Transportation Center in San Pedro Sula, from where they plan to leave between 03:00 and 04:00 local time (09:00 and 10:00 a.m.). 00 GMT), and according to the story of several of the Hondurans to Efe, lack of employment and insecurity are the main reasons why they leave the country. Olvin López, a 30-year-old Honduran electric welder, indicated that he decided to leave in the caravan “to support my family.” “I made the decision to go look for a better future for my family and trusting in God we are going to achieve it,” added López, who also pointed out that in some of the places where he has sought employment, they ask him for a professional title, which he does not have. . According to his account, Olvin, 30, a native of Concepción del Norte, department of Santa Bárbara, in western Honduras, has been unemployed for seven months, because there are no job opportunities” in his country. “The dream is to reach the United States United States and get ahead,” but if he had an opportunity in Mexico, “I would really take advantage of it,” he stressed. About the caravan, he said he found out about it on social networks and that motivated him to make the decision to leave, “just with a cousin,” 18, who is from Villanueva, Cortés, in northern Honduras. Olvin said he is leaving his wife and a three-year-old son, who remain in the care of her mother. One of the Nicaraguans who will go in the caravan, which requested anonymity, told Efe that on “social networks” they found out about the departure from San Pedro Sula, and that they hope “first of all in God to be able to get there.” learned that United States senators have raised him in a letter addressed to the president entity of that country, Joe Biden, to approve a temporary protection program for new immigrants arriving in the northern nation. “They said they were going to give us a certain TPS, I don’t know what it’s like, to give us the opportunity to enter to see how to work there to help our families,” emphasized the same 42-year-old immigrant. He also pointed out that Nicaraguans are “recognized because we know everything,” and that in that sense, he knows “auto mechanics, straightening and painting” of vehicles, “I am a taxi driver, I can drive and any type of performance, welding, everything that they make us do.” He also indicated that he is traveling with three children and left “two little ones there” in Nicaragua, “with my wife.” The immigrants, who continued to arrive at the Metropolitan Central Station tonight, began to gather in small groups in the afternoon. Among these groups are several Nicaraguans made up of up to 16 people, mostly relatives, who agreed that they fled their country because they cannot stand the situation caused by the regime presided over by Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo. CHILDREN AND A BROTHER A Honduran immigrant, who also did not want to be identified, said crying that she is traveling with her three children, thirteen, ten and six months old, and a brother, “fleeing because they want to kill him.” She added that they come from Tegucigalpa , where she worked as a street vendor in a popular market, but that “sales have dropped a lot and the money no longer fits for the rent of the house and the food”. “We are going to go as far as D Whoever wants us to arrive, added the same woman, carrying her six-month-old daughter standing in her arms, while the other two and her brother rested on one of the cement sidewalks of the Central Metropolitana of the San Pedro intercity transport service Sula, the second most important city in Honduras. Until 11:00 p.m. local time (05:00 GMT), most of the immigrants, around 1,000, did not know the route they would follow to reach the border with Guatemala, between Corinto, in the Caribbean, and Agua Caliente, in western Honduras. EFE gr/ga (photo) (video)

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