A total of 320 migrants, primarily Venezuelans, who were stranded in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, have been transported to the border with Guatemala. The migrants, including a significant number of children, had been spending nights in stations of an inactive public transport system known as Trans 450. The system lacks electricity and water.
The transfers were carried out by the National Police of Honduras using seven buses. The buses departed in the afternoon and are expected to arrive at Agua Caliente, Ocotepeque department, the following day. Despite the relocation, the Trans 450 stations continue to serve as a shelter for new migrants arriving in the capital.
Data from the National Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras (Conadeh) indicates that the flow of migrants, including Venezuelans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Haitians, Africans, and Asians, has increased in 2023. By November, at least 462,014 migrants had passed through Honduras, all aiming to reach the United States.
Andréina Martínez, a Venezuelan migrant, shared her story, highlighting that she has been away from her home country for nine years and her desire is to reach the United States. However, the journey is fraught with challenges, even as they seek better futures. "Además, se busca prevenir que los jóvenes sean reclutados por miembros de bandas delictivas y el crimen organizado", stated a representative of the National Police, indicating efforts to prevent the youth from being recruited into criminal gangs.
Despite the efforts to relocate the migrants, the Trans 450 stations continue to be used as shelters by new migrants arriving in the capital. This indicates the relentless pursuit of a better future by the migrants, undeterred by the hardships they encounter along the way. The plight of these migrants highlights the urgent need for international cooperation and comprehensive migration policies.