Hondurans remain hopeful as Guatemala cracks down on caravan
Security forces are blocking thousands of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing hurricane destruction and unemployment.
Vado Hondo, Guatemala – Guatemalan military and police forces are blocking thousands of Honduran migrants and asylum seekers hoping to make their way north to Mexico and the United States.
Thousands of Hondurans left San Pedro Sula as a group on Friday, making their way to the El Florido border crossing with Guatemala.
Between 7,000 and 8,000 people fleeing hurricane destruction, unemployment and violence in Honduras have crossed into Guatemala to date, according to Guatemalan immigration officials.
But amid a heavy security presence, their onward journey remains precarious and uncertain.
An initial group of several thousand migrants and asylum seekers made it 27 miles (43km) on foot into Guatemalan territory before soldiers and police blocking the highway stopped them. About 3,000 people who entered Guatemala on Saturday caught up on foot by Sunday morning.