The Migrant Caravan: Unique Perspectives from 10 Female Journalists

It matters who reports the news. Read these stories from female journalists who travelled with the caravan to cover the stories of why so many risk the journey and the obstacles they face from an insider’s perspective.


What makes someone desperate enough to risk their life and flee their home?

  1. When migration means fleeing home but not your country — Whitney Eulich
PC: Ann Hermes/CS Monitor Staff

For many, migration is a last resort. Whitney Eulich reports on the growing number of internally displaced people who remain in the shadows with little attention or support.

2. A Triangle Resident Says if She’s Sent Back to Honduras, Her Ex Could Kill Her — Erica Hellerstein

PC: Gerson Garcia

October’s migrant caravan began its journey in Honduras, which is ranked among the five most violent countries in the world. Erica Hellerstein reports on the conditions in the country that have forced so many to leave.

3. Three LGBTQ Salvadorans On Why They Joined A Migrant Caravan Heading to The U.S. Border — Andalusia Knoll-Soloff and Sarah Kinosian

PC: Fred Ramos

Escalating violence in El Salvador has been especially difficult for members of the LGBTQ community. Sarah Kinosian and Andalusia Knoll-Soloff share these stories and what the caravan represents for many seeking hope and safety.


Take a look inside the journey from Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border

4. La caravana: On the road with the migrant caravan — Monica Wise Robles, Mariano V. Osnaya, Tom Silverstone, and Mustafa Khalili

Following a group of Honduran migrants who have formed an adopted family on the road, Monica Wise Robles provides an open window into their journey through southern Mexico.

5. “¡Vamos bajo el mismo sueño, la misma necesidad!”: imágenes de la caravana de salvadoreños que también va al norte — Julia Gavarrete and Victor Peña

PC: Victor Peña

Julia y Víctor nos llevan con la caravana desde El Salvador hasta la frontera con México. Ya en la frontera, los inmigrantes deben decidir si pedir asilo en México o continuar al norte.

Julia and Victor take us along with the caravan from El Salvador as it reaches the Mexico border. Once at the border, migrants must decide whether to seek asylum in Mexico or continue north.

6. Maligned by Trump, earthquake-hit Mexican town receives migrant caravan with open arms — Martha Pskowski

PC: Reuters

Martha Pskowski traveled with the caravan to Oaxaca, where a community has welcomed the caravan with generosity even though they themselves continue to recover from an 8.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated the area last year.

7. “The Truth, It’s Even Worse in Honduras.” Migrant Caravan Faces Misery at Mexican Border — Emily Green

PC: Moises Castillo / AP Photo

Emily Green shares the stories of Honduran migrants forced to choose between an unfolding humanitarian crisis on Mexico’s southern border and the dangers they face at home..


What’s the latest update from the caravan?

8. ‘Get out of Tijuana’: migrants face racist backlash as caravan reaches US border — Sarah Kinosian

PC: Joebeth Terriquez/EPA

As the first groups of asylum seekers reach the border, Sarah Kinosian takes a look at how the local population and government feel about the newcomers.

9. Mexico confronted Central American migrants with new severity. It cost one man his life— Kate Linthicum

PC: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Henry Diaz, a 26 year old from Honduras, was killed while trying to cross the border from Guatemala into Mexico. Kate Linthicum speaks with Henry’s family as they share his story and recount their last conversation with him.


Take a look at what’s happening north of the border

10. What Life Is Like for the Thousands of Troops at the Border Who Are Waiting With No Enemy to Fight — W.J. Hennigan with photographs by Meridith Kohut for TIME

PC: Meridith Kohut

With news of the U.S. sending troops to the border, Meridith Kohut shares photos of what life is like for the soldiers and their role as migrants reach the U.S. border.


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