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Pedro: I left five daughters and my wife

Pedro  |  Issue: February | March 2019

I am from Guatemala – I joined in Chiquimula, both happy and sad. The majority is from Honduras, but also from Guatemala.

I have five daughters, ages 15, 13, 8, 6 and 4. I am disabled, as you can see. I worked in a business and paid medical insurance for nine years, but when I had an accident the insurance didn’t cover me. I couldn’t find work. I tried working for myself. I decided to go with the caravan. It was safer to go with a lot of people.

 

A special joint edition of the Tribuno del Pueblo and People’s Tribune

From the editors

Tribuno del Pueblo and People’s Tribune sent correspondents to the U.S-Mexico border at San Ysidro-Tijuana to bring our readers the voices of the migrant caravan that left Central America last October and reached Tijuana, Mexico in December.

The toxic combination of U.S. corporate political and economic policies, cartel violence, the destruction of their crops due to climate change and the corruption of their own government is forcing thousands of working people to leave Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

We’ve gathered the stories of the migrants and of the first responders in the battle against the wall and for human rights in this special issue. We thank all those who shared their stories and gave us their time, generosity and inspiration.

Our responsibility as faith-based activists, workers and human rights warriors is to do everything in our power to make sure that our government respects and upholds the human rights of the migrants. Our responsibility as human beings is to open our arms and welcome our sisters and brothers, just as others did before us.

No human being is illegal.

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