Caravan Grinds to Halt Amid Disturbing Report
The migrants said they would stay and hold a meeting Sunday in Tapanatepec. Late Saturday night, groups of migrants were running through the town's streets saying a migrant's child had been snatched. Something similar led to a panic at an earlier stop, but was not confirmed.
After being delayed for a couple hours when federal police halted their exit from the town of Arriaga Saturday morning, most of the migrants arrived in Tapanatepec in the searing heat. Dozens headed down to the Novillero river below the central square to bathe, wash clothing and cool off. Others lined up at a medical aid station mostly for attention to their battered feet.
For the first time an arm of the federal government seemed to be directly helping the migrants advance rather than trying to diminish the caravan. In this case Grupo Beta, Mexico's migrant protection agency, gave rides to stragglers and passed out water.
At the caravan's regular evening meeting in the town square, its coordinators tried to force a little chivalry.
Many migrants have relied on hitchhiking to move efficiently between towns rather than exhausting themselves. However, when vehicles stop, it's often young men who sprint to reach them first. The elderly and women, especially those with children, are at a disadvantage.