Northern Triangle Migrants: From the Frying Pan into the Fire

5/16/2017 InSight Crime

Puente Dr. Rodolfo Robles Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas - Tecún Umán Guatemala  DSC_0914 Ernesto (2)A new report by an international humanitarian organization provides fresh statistics on the dangers that migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle face both in their home country and during their perilous trek to the United States.

Surveys conducted by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières – MSF) in 2015 and 2016 show that 68.3 percent of migrants from the Northern Triangle region of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala experienced some form of violence while traveling through Central America and Mexico.

In a recently-published report, MSF called the findings “appalling,” and said the situation in the Northern Triangle and along the well-worn migration routes constitute a “humanitarian crisis.”

Close to half (44 percent) of the migrants reported being hit; 40 percent said they had been pushed, grabbed or asphyxiated; and 7 percent said had been shot, according to MSF. Gender-based violence surveys found that 31.4 percent of women and 17.2 percent of men were victims of sexual abuse while traveling through Mexico.

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