On 28 October, the Caravan of Mothers of Migrants who have been traveling through several Mexican states arrived in Mexico City, where it demanded that the governments of the continent generate mechanisms of collaboration to locate their persons reported as disappeared. The number of Central American migrants who have been disappeared in Mexico reaches into the thousands; some organizations even report the statistic to be as high as 70,000.
On 13 October a group of 38 mothers from different Central American countries who have lost children to forced disappearance left Guatemala City to begin a journey of 4,600 kilometers over the course of 24 days, seeking to bring greater attention to the problem of migrants in Mexico. Activists and religious persons joined together to demand justice for the Central Americans and the country.
Clementina Murcia, mother of two Honduran disappeared persons, noted that “Many migrants are disappeared on the journey. Thousands of them never return to communicate with their families, and the mothers and fathers are overtaken with sadness. They do not seek them out due to lack of resources, because to look for them one has to pay for transport, food, and have a place to stay.”
In Puebla, Fray Tomás González Castillo, who works in the Migrant Home in Tenosique, Tabasco, made reference to the inherent corruption in the system by citing a recent case of officials who have been imprisoned in Tabasco: it was “they who turned over [the migrants] to organize crime for the kidnapping… We have testimony that various agents of migration in Tabasco had an internal network within the institution to traffic in persons… Today an ex-delegate from Migration is imprisoned, due to abuse of a minor, and this is something recent….”
For more information (in Spanish):
Madres migrantes ‘caminan’ México en busca de sus familiares perdidos, CNN, 16 de octubre de 2012
Arriba caravana de madres migrantes, El Universal, 25 de octubre de 2012
Madres de migrantes juntan pena y valentía para hallar a sus hijos, 25 de octubre de 2012
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas/Oaxaca: #WeMigrantsAre132 (20 June 2012)
Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)
Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)