Migrant Caravan: Images of the Epic Journey Through Central America Towards the U.S. Border

Powerful photos of the river of humanity flowing northwards through Central America. Newsweek

The so-called "migrant caravan" is continuing its epic journey through Central America towards the United States.

Estimates on the size of the caravan vary from around 3,500 to more than double that. The largest group, which set off from San Pedro Sula in Honduras on October 12, has traveled north through Guatemala into Mexico.

Some have abandoned the journey, deterred by the hardships or the possibility of making a new life in Mexico. Others joined it in southern Mexico. Private citizens, church groups and local organizations have offered help at almost every stop and on the walks in between.

American President Donald Trump has focused his attention on the caravan as he seeks to fire up support for the Republican Party ahead of the November 6 congressional elections.

The United States has said it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico. The projected deployment is roughly the same size as the U.S. military contingent in Iraq.

General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the head of U.S. Northern Command, said 800 U.S. troops were already en route to the Texas border and more were headed to the borders in California and Arizona.

Republican lawmakers and other Trump supporters have applauded the deployment. But critics say Trump is politicizing the military, deploying them as a stunt to drive Republican voters to the polls without any real national security threat.

The migrant caravan is still around 1,000 miles from the U.S. border. It has been traveling about 20 to 30 miles a day, largely on foot. If it continues at that rate, it could take weeks or even months to reach the U.S. border.

Newsweek presents photos of the river of humanity flowing northwards through Central America.

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October 15, 2018
Honduran people walk north after crossing the border into Guatemala. The so-called 'migrant caravan', the second of 2018, set off from San Pedro Sula in Honduras on October 12, with plans to march north through Guatemala and Mexico en route to the United States.
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October 16, 2018
Honduran migrant Nery Maldonado, who says he lost his feet while riding a northbound freight train called 'The Beast' three years ago in Mexico, makes another attempt to reach the U.S., where he hopes to get prostheses.
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October 16, 2018
Hondurans cling to the back of a truck heading north through Quezaltepeque in Guatemala, approximately 1,500 miles from the U.S. border.
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October 16, 2018
A group of Hondurans rest at a Catholic church in Chiquimula, Guatemala.
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October 17, 2018
A child, traveling with another group of Hondurans trying to reach the U.S., stands in front of police officers blocking the street in Agua Caliente, Honduras.
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October 17, 2018
Seven-year-old David Cortez, wearing a Walt Disney World 2000 T-shirt emblazoned with the U.S. flag, waits with his father to catch a ride in Zacapa, Guatemala.
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October 17, 2018
A man in a car gives money to Honduran migrants in Guatemala City.
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October 19, 2018
A young Honduran wearing an American flag T-shirt arrives at the Mexican border crossing point in Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
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October 19, 2018
A large group of migrants gather behind the gate of the border crossing point between Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas state, Mexico.
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People pull down a barrier at the Guatemala-Mexico international border crossing. Pedro Pardo/AFP
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October 19, 2018
A Honduran man, part of the 'migrant caravan' trying to reach the U.S., hits the shield of a Mexican federal policeman after storming the border checkpoint.
Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters