Guatemalan police on Saturday (9) rescued 126 migrants, mostly Haitians, who were left inside a container in the south of the country, as they tried to cross Mexico and reach the United States, the organization said. Was.
National Civil Police (PNC) spokesman Jorge Aguilar told reporters the migrants were located at dawn after “a complaint about an abandoned trailer” on a highway between the southern cities of Nueva Concepción and Cocles.
At the site, a truck with a container was found, where “126 unspecified were found,” he said.
“We heard screams inside the container. We opened the doors and found 126 undocumented people inside: 106 from Haiti, 11 from Nepal and nine from Ghana,” he said.
Photos released by the police showed migrants with backpacks getting out of vans or sitting on the road. The group was taken to a shelter at the Guatemala Migration Institute.
The region, where thousands of Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans and Nicaraguans emigrate to the United States every year, also faces a migration crisis due to the passage of a wave of thousands of migrants, mainly Haitians, towards the American country in search of better have to do. Opportunity in spite of the dangerous and exhausting journey.
A Panamanian prosecutor’s official said this week that more than fifty migrants have died in Panama this year trying to cross the Darien wilderness area on the Colombian border.
On Friday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said more than 7,500 Haitian migrants were expelled in less than three weeks by the United States, which chartered 70 flights to deport them.
Police rescue 126 migrants in a container in Guatemala — Photo: reproduction/Twitter/PNC