- Title: Migrants find an oasis in Mexico's capital
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: MARIACHI BAND PERFORMING AT SHELTER PEOPLE WATCHING BAND MARIACHI BAND PERFORMING
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2018 01:30
- Keywords: migrant caravan immigration emigration asylum refugees Mexico Honduras Guatemala
- Location: MEXICO CITY, TAPANATEPEC, AND SANTO DOMINGO INGENIO, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, TAPANATEPEC, AND SANTO DOMINGO INGENIO, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA00295N8L6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Over 4,500 migrants are currently using a stadium and sports complex in Mexico City to rest, recuperate and even relax as they decide their next steps.
In Mexico's capital, the thousands of mostly Honduran migrants have found respite from their long journey as food and clothing, as well as medical and legal services have been provided by the Mexican government, non-governmental, and religious organizations.
Shelter authorities have even organized soccer matches and free mariachi concerts for the weary travelers.
"No, it's really nice, the Mexican government has really helped us, we can't complain, they've given us water, refreshments, food, juice, blankets, everything. We're really doing well, and we're in good health, too," said Honduran migrant Walter Lizama.
Their arrival in the Mexican capital was a measure of the migrants' tenacity despite attempts by four governments - Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States - to break them up.
Meanwhile, further south in Mexico, a second migrant caravan continued its own trek north through the state of Oaxaca.
Migrants walked along a highway and hitched rides on the backs of tractor trailers.
One migrant, Jenny, said that although the journey was difficult, she wasn't ready to return to her home in Honduras. "Sometimes since we're walking a lot, the heat makes you want to turn around and go back, they say it's better to go back," She said, but added, "it's bad (in Honduras), I feel like life there is almost not worth it."
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