New migrant caravan sets out for US

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) – Another caravan of Central American migrants set out from Honduras on Monday seeking to reach the US border, following the same route used by thousands last year in at least three caravans.

About 600 migrants gathered under a steady rain at the bus station in the violent city of San Pedro Sula and decided to set out in the darkness, hours before their intended departure yesterday. About 300 people, mainly women and children, clambered aboard 30 small buses, intent on reaching the Guatemalan border.

Another 300 or so began walking in the rain toward the border town of Agua Caliente late on Monday.

One passing man asked a journalist for his umbrella, saying he feared his daughter would get sick in the rain. As they walked, some migrants pleaded with local store owners to give them food or water for their journey.

More people continued to arrive at the bus station, making it likely the caravan’s numbers would grow as additional migrants set yesterday.

One woman, who refused to give her name because of safety concerns, said her nine-year-old daughter had already been raped so badly she suffered medical problems.