Spontaneous caravan of migrants winds way through Honduras



<pA caravan of more than 1,000 Hondurans is winding its way toward their country's border with Guatemala, with the goal of reaching a better life in the United States.

<pDunia Montoya, a volunteer helping the migrants, said the group planned to sleep Saturday inside an auditorium in Santa Rosa de Copan, a town several hours east by car from Guatemala.

<pThe migration began swelling spontaneously Friday after local media reported on approximately 160 migrants who had agreed to depart together for greater safety from San Pedro Sula. The aspiring migrants organized via WhatsApp<pOther Hondurans who had been thinking of leaving the country saw an opportunity to go with a support network. They stuffed backpacks with essentials and rushed to join the caravan.

<pPeople lent vans and trucks to help the group, whose initial members had started out on foot. Hondurans offered bottles of water or food<pMaria Dolores Moreno, 31, said she stuffed a bag with a few personal belongings and grabbed her 10-year-old son to join the caravan Friday. She didn't bring any money with her. She has been unemployed for more than a year, she said. Previously she sold Avon products.

<pMoreno said by phone that she hopes to find a job — any job — anywhere in the United States.

<p"We want to adopt the American dream," she said.