The way from tropical Central America, from the jungle to the massive capital of Mexico and then to the wilderness that leads to the USA. United States, It reduces the health of the full caravan of immigrants, who are at risk of contamination of respiratory infections such as tuberculosis and flu.
On the dawn of this Sunday, the 5,000 Central Americans, mainly Hondwrans, rode to Tijuana, where from where they want to ask for a refuge to EE. UU., Although the president of that country, Donald Trump, has signed a presidential order last week that restricts asylum seeker options on the border of Mexico and hinders this defense from being given to those who go to their country irregularly.
When pushing cars with children still sleeping and dragging heavy blankets where they were facing a cold night in the corridors outside Corregidora stadiums in mid Querétaro, they reached the point where the road starts to the neighbors Guanajuato. Here, the first symptoms of regeneration appeared among migrants, who suffer extreme climate changes, overcrowding and physical overflow.
Teenage girl disappears at the edge of the road. "He takes days with a fever", who came to tell one of the young people who came with him, before loading. A few meters ahead, a 4-year-old Honduran girl fell on the floor, interrupting as she made an eternal line to cast a cargo trailer with her mother, Mirna Carolina Ayala.
"I do not know what he has, he has not wanted to eat in days … if something happens I'll die," said the girl between sobs, while paramedics administered oxygen to & # 39; r ferch. The small Madaleli "brings high fever and glucose, a pediatric team should be evaluated for a possible presumption. It is dehydrated, it has not eaten well," said Luis Manuel Martinez, crisis coordinator of the local Health Secretary's emergency system. When she left an awareness, the girl was taken by an ambulance to a hospital. Her scary of pain stunned a good part of the caravan.
The winter is coming
In general, the caravan comes into a "declined state". "They come from a hot climate and here the temperature gets lower, more wearing and wearing, people are not used to these days of walking, they have eaten and slept & # 39; n wael."explains Martinez.
For the doctor, the most important risks are respiratory and adverse infections. "We have found pockets of influenza and tuberculosis infection," said Croes Goch doctor who asked for anonymous and digesting in the shelter.
In the morning, a symphony of sounds, barn and decay was excited at the crowded stadium camp, and hit by a strong series of frozen air. "Most of us were affected by cough, flu, because of the excessive climate, very cold, I can not stand," said José Castellano, a 20-year-old Hondran who left the medical post of the camp with hands full of medicine.
Virus and bacteria are often spread. "If you do not take your boat with water, you need to take it from your partner," explain the young man marvelously cold, under both boxes and double jacket you saw. Castellano understands that every day passes closer to the winter, which reaches below zero temperatures near the northern boundary. "You have to be ready so you will not kill us with hypothermia," he said.
Most of us affected cough, flu. Due to the excessive climate, very cool
Garbage and new toilets
Tuberculosis affects the lungs, causing cough, fever, night sweaters and losing weight, according to the World Health Organization. Although it is curable if it is treated punctually, it will be spread by coughing, shaking, or shaking, such as flu. These diseases can deteriorate to epidemics, cause pneumonia or death.
A migrant sleeps up in the open, forming a large mat or multi-doll parrot. Along with them, mobile toilets are sometimes overflowing, in addition to the mountain of dirt and debris that produce.
The stadium was only ten toilets, "five for men and five for women (…) and we are a crowd," worries Julio Díaz, a driver who needs to improve her baby for an eye infection.
"The problem is that some of us who are going here are tidy, but others are very dirty, they do not have education," he says, incorporating a plastic bag of medication.
Through the labyrinthine circuits of the camp it strengthens crops for headaches, bones, feet, shoulders, molars, stomach, chest. There are also soul feelings. "What hurts me is the heart, I'll lose everything I love in my country," said Araceli López, a single mother with her daughter's hugs with a sweet smile special.
"Children are always heavily playing and they've all filled with lice," he said, as she cut one of the parasites between her nails.