Sofia Menchu

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18 Jan 2019 | 10:59 PM

New caravan of Honduran migrants crosses into Mexico

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (Reuters) - A group of Honduran migrants entered southern Mexico on Friday, joining more than 1,000 people who departed Central America in recent days headed to the United States and putting to the test Mexico's vows to guarantee the safe and orderly flow of people.

18 Jan 2019 | 12:03 PM

Nearly 1,000 Central American migrants in new caravans enter Mexico

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - Almost 1,000 Central American migrants entered southern Mexico on Thursday in a test of the new government's pledge to manage an ongoing exodus fueled by violence and poverty that has strained relations with the Trump administration.

7 Jan 2019 | 1:15 AM

Guatemalan farms shift to palm oil, fuelling family migration

RAXRUHA, Guatemala (Reuters) - In the poor, hot region of Guatemala that was home to a seven-year-old migrant girl before she died in U.S. border custody last month, palm oil cultivation is taking over from subsistence farming, adding to pressure on people to leave.

29 Dec 2018 | 4:22 AM

Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody had the flu - state officials

GUATEMALA CITY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in the custody of U.S. border agents this week had the flu before he passed away but the cause of his death is still unknown, state officials said on Friday.

28 Dec 2018 | 9:49 AM

Bereaved Guatemalan mother recalls hopes son would ease U.S. entry

YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala (Reuters) - Between heavy sobs, Catarina Alonzo explained that when her husband left Guatemala to try to reach the United States, they hoped taking their 8-year-old son would make it easier for the pair to get in. Instead, the boy fell ill and died.

27 Dec 2018 | 9:33 AM

U.S. expands medical checks after Guatemala boy dies; mother 'in despair'

NENTON, Guatemala/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Migrant children will receive more thorough medical checks after an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died in U.S. custody this week, the U.S. government said on Wednesday, and his mother expressed grief and despair over his death.

26 Dec 2018 | 9:52 AM

Guatemalan girl's Christmas funeral too much for grieving mother

SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (Reuters) - A crowd of mourners said goodbye to the 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody this month, laying her to rest in a Christmas Day funeral that left her mother so crushed she could not bear to attend.

25 Dec 2018 | 4:41 AM

Guatemalan family mourns 'irreparable loss' of migrant girl at wake

SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Shortly before daybreak on Christmas Eve, Claudia Maquin wept silently when she was finally reunited with the still body of her daughter Jakelin Caal, two weeks after the Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody at the age of 7.

19 Dec 2018 | 3:58 AM

Guatemala expels investigators from U.N. anti-corruption group

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala has taken steps to expel 11 foreign investigators for a U.N.-backed anti-corruption body from the country, it said on Tuesday, further stripping power from the group whose leader was forced out by President Jimmy Morales several months ago.

16 Dec 2018 | 10:13 AM

Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor family

SAN ANTONIO DE CORTEZ, Guatemala (Reuters) - The 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who died after being detained by U.S. border agents this month was inseparable from her father and had looked forward to being able to send money home to support her impoverished family, relatives said on Saturday.