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Four migrants have lost their lives in Honduras trying to reach the US

  • Two of the deceased were babies, both due to dehydration, and the other two were a Cuban woman and a Haitian man.

In the last 11 months, at least 4 migrants, including 2 children, have died in Honduras trying to get to the united states, denounced this Tuesday the National Human Rights Commissioner in the Central American country. The deceased – including 2 children aged 11 months and 1 year – came from Brazil, Chile, Cuba and Haiti, the agency said in a statement.

The latest victim, a 1-year-old Brazilian boy of Haitian parents, was reported on June 1 and, according to the Human Rights Commissioner, the cause of death was dehydration. On March 4, the death of a Cuban woman was recorded, after suffering a cardiac arrest in a hospital in the department of El Paraíso, on the border with Nicaragua. A 35-year-old Haitian man died on August 21, 2021 from stomach cancer, in a hospital in El Paraíso, while his family continued north with the aim of reaching the United States. The fourth victim was reported on November 13, 2021 and is an 11-month-old Chilean minor, who allegedly died of dehydration, according to official information.

The head of the human rights institution, Blanca Izaguirre, urged the Honduran authorities to provide a “response” to the migratory crisis faced by the municipalities of Danlí and Trojes (El Paraíso), to support hundreds of migrants passing through those regions. She claimed that “it is the duty” of the State of Honduras “to guarantee the human rights of each one of the migrants and provide them with humanitarian assistance and medical care.”

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The regions of Danlí and Trojes, in eastern Honduras, have become new routes in recent months that migrants, mainly from Africa, Cuba and Haiti, are using to continue en route to the United States. According to official data, between mid-March and May this year, about 26,800 migrants from Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Cuba, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Somalia and Venezuela have entered Honduras through Danlí and Trojes.

Izaguirre urged the president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, on Saturday to sanction the legislative decree that exonerates migrants in a situation of mobility who enter the country irregularly from paying a fine of $200. The human rights organization maintains “constant monitoring” in El Paraíso to “guarantee respect for the people who make up mixed migratory flows, especially people in vulnerable conditions.” According to the office of the National Human Rights Commissioner in El Paraíso, around 500 migrants of different nationalities enter Honduras daily.

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