"Well, we were compelled to come here, because we can't be there anymore. We can' t be there anymore. With hopes of having a better future for my children. I love my children and I wouldn't want anything bad to happen to them or for my children to be left without a father."
5. Various of migrants eating
6. Various migrants gathered outside shelter chatting on their mobile phones and talking with relatives back home.
Mexican authorities have reported detecting nearly 31,500 migrants in 2021, a figure like the one recorded in 2019, when a spike in crossings prompted President Donald Trump's pressure to stem the flow of migrants.
Small groups of migrants can be seen walking along the roads of southeastern Mexico as they seek to reach the northern border with the United States.
On the road between the border town of Frontera Corazal neighboring Guatemala, and the town of Palenque a young Honduran man who did not want to give his name tells the AP he has been walking for three days from the Department of Lempira in Honduras.
Most migrants on the road are Hondurans like him, many of them are women traveling with small children.
National and international human rights organizations warn that enforcing restrictions only pushes migrants further into risk, into the hands of smugglers and deeper into the underground.
At the end of the day, some stop to eat and spend the night at the Ã„lbergue La 72' in Tenosique.
Between sobs, Carla Lopez tells the AP "We can't be there anymore," recalling the dangers of her hometown.
"There are a lot of gangs there and it's not easy to live like that," Lopez says.
"You can't own a stand, to set up a vegetable or fruit stand, because they demand war taxes."
That's why Carla Lopez and her partner decided to undertake the risky journey with their two small children.
"I love my children and I wouldn't want anything bad to happen to them or for my children to be left without a father."