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Running to Nowhere : The Central American Refugee Crisis

Christina Simons | Mexico, Honduras & The US

Juan is on the run from his life as a double agent for the Mara gangs in Honduras.

He was born and lived on the streets with his mother until she died when he was 6 years old. He never knew his father. This is when one the Mara groups came and forced him to become a spy, informing on the other major Mara gang. In order to cope, he took drugs and self harmed, evidence of which he bares today in rows and rows of cigarette burns all over his body.

He's seen death, he's caused death and he has lived a family-less life since he was 6. He's never known peace or love. And with his somewhat haunted eyes he said "I have no family and I have nothing. I have no one to live for but I want to live and I'm tired of death and violence. I know I am a good person in my heart and I just want to live a good life; a peaceful life. I want to know what it feels like to love.' He just wants to live in peace, to feel love for the first time in his 20 years.

Central American migrants have been making the perilous journey through Central America and Mexico for over 30 years. It is an old refugee story but in the current political climate it is not only ongoing but heightened by the family separations and mass deportations from the United States. Yet the numbers of people making this journey has not dwindled.

The journey across borders is made by various means. The environmental hazards of dehydration, food and water contamination, sunburn and disease, as well as the physical dangers of the trains, all come second to the risk of theft, rape, violence, kidnapping, and murder. Why would anyone risk such dangers? Because home is worse.

Over 500,000 people have fled their homes with the hopes for a safer life risking their lives only to face separation, deportation, to go into hiding or even death.

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