For years the maras, ultra-brutal gangs that live off the drug trade, prostitution and the protection racket, have terrorized Central America. Life in Honduras is as dangerous as in a war zone.
Maribel Ponce Hernandez joined the migrant caravan trekking through Central America to escape Honduras. The single mom is unflinching in her aim to reach the US, regardless of what President Donald Trump has to say.
Thousands of migrants have left Mexico City for a 2,800-kilometer route through areas known for cartel violence. Organizers said the route to Tijuana is less dangerous than heading straight to the closest US entryway.
US President Donald Trump has said he will cut foreign aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, as a caravan of migrants makes its way toward the US-Mexico border. He branded the situation a "national emergency."
Despite numerous obstacles and no guarantees of success, thousands of Honduran men and women escaping grinding poverty and violence at home have set off on foot for the US in search of a better life.
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