Migrants stranded in the Mexican city of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, made a call to the Mexican government saying they were ready to travel to Acapulco, a destination hit by Hurricane Otis. To be employed as laborers in the reconstruction of affected municipalities in the State of Guerrero.
Hundreds of migrants from countries such as Colombia, Venezuela and Nicaragua showed their solidarity with the people of Mexico and showed their willingness to return to devastated areas in a rally called by the organization Pueblo Sin Fronteras “with their labor, effort, will and faith.”
Among the migrants are masons, foremen, technicians, welders, machinists and farmers, who, they said, will be useful at this time to the people of Guerrero, who have been hit by the typhoon, which caused human and material losses.
The offer came amid heavy rains in Tapachula due to a tropical depression that formed over the Pacific on Saturday afternoon. At night the migrants held a vigil to show solidarity with the residents of Guerrero state with prayers, candles and cards.
Migrants registered and waited for the Mexican government to decide whether or not to agree to move from Tapachula to the state of Guerrero to work.
Uris Yosira Pastrano, an immigrant from Guatemala in Tapachula, said that given the chance to move to Acapulco, he was ready to go to work and help the people of Mexico rebuild or whatever they asked him to do.
“We have to go to work and support Acapulco, the opportunity is there, we’re going to support them, show solidarity, help them, because honestly here we don’t do anything, when they need our help, whom we have, whatever, to build, clean, exactly a help, We are ready to do it,” he told Efe.
The woman, who was a trader in Honduras, asked the Mexican government to provide what they needed: food, shelter and a document so they could stay in that state for a while and then continue on their way to the United States.
Meanwhile, Jerson Linares, an immigrant from Guatemala who is in Tapachula to leave in a caravan on Monday, indicated that Guerrero may join a group of migrants who want to help in the state.
Remembering that these disasters had happened in his country on several occasions, Linares momentarily changed his idea of going to the northern frontier to help.
“We need to help, Acapulco has suffered a lot, this happened in my country too, we have received help, the difference is that we are from different nations, but we are ready to support them. Children and people are suffering, we are humble, we are suffering, we need a chance. We are in the caravan Going, but we have the strength to go and help,” he revealed to EFE