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Friday, July 29, 2011

Following the Trail of Missing Migrants

"We were in prison for three days in Mexico," Amarilis Rodríguez from Guatemala says between sobs. "When we crossed the border at Piedras Negras, in Tamaulipas, into the United States, we were chased by the 'migra' (border patrol agents). They caught me, but my brother escaped and I haven't heard from him since."

Juan Neftalí Rodríguez, Amarilis's 23-year-old brother, went missing on Aug. 18, 2010 during his attempt to make it into the southwest U.S. state of Texas with hopes of a better life. His two children, ages one and seven, and his mother and siblings are anxiously hoping for news of him.

To search for her son Juanito and protest the danger and abuses faced by hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants as they journey northwards through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border, Manuela Bran set out Monday for Mexico along with more than 100 other relatives of missing migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, in the "Step by Step Towards Peace Caravan".

"We have hopes that someone is holding him," says Rodríguez, who saw her mother off Sunday in the Guatemalan capital. "They told us to be careful because in the bush there were many men who could catch us and take us away." (more)