Migrants Stranded on Mexico Cargo Trains: A Humanitarian Crisis 

Migrants Stranded on Mexico Cargo Trains: A Humanitarian Crisis 

  • Migrants traveling on a freight train in Mexico found themselves stranded far from the U.S. border when the train abruptly stopped. This incident occurred amidst concerns about migrant safety and the suspension of many northbound trains.
  • Migrants on the stationary train faced dire conditions, including extreme heat and cold, a lack of food and water, and exposure to the elements. They expressed frustration at being stranded in a remote desert-like area with limited options for transportation.
  • The suspension of cargo trains in the past week resulted in significant economic consequences, with approximately $1 billion worth of goods stuck at the border. This situation not only affected migrants but also had broader implications for trade and commerce in the region.

Sep.30:Migrants faced a harrowing ordeal in Mexico when the freight train they were traveling on suddenly came to a halt, leaving them miles away from the U.S. border. This incident occurred in the midst of growing concerns about the safety of migrants, leading to the suspension of numerous northbound trains.

In a desolate area near Villa Ahumada, some 123 km (76.43 miles) from Ciudad Juarez, a Reuters witness spotted hundreds of migrants stranded on a stationary train. Among them was Sasha Pacheco, accompanied by her family, including an infant, who expressed their distress, feeling as though they were being treated like animals.

Surrounded by arid desert terrain with only one tree in sight, they were merely an hour away from their destination, but the prospect of walking such a distance with an infant was daunting. Frustratingly, there were no viable options for obtaining buses or taxis from their current location.

Last week, Mexico’s Ferromex suspended sixty northbound cargo trains following the deaths or injuries of half a dozen migrants. The company later resumed some routes where there was no known “heightened risk.” Banners on the side of the stationary train in Villa Ahumada expressed gratitude, reading, “Thank you Ferromex,” placed by migrants who had initially been appreciative that the trains had commenced their journey.

Migrants Stranded on Mexico Cargo Trains

Efforts to contact Grupo Mexico, the owner of Ferromex, regarding the sudden train stoppage with migrants on board near Villa Ahumada proved unsuccessful. The company’s spokesperson had no additional updates to share about the exact number of trains still halted.

While concentrating on monitoring concentrations of migrants, trains were moved with the aim of maintaining traffic continuity while minimizing risks for both people and operations, according to the spokesperson.

Marlon Vera, a Venezuelan migrant who had been traveling for two months, reported that the train he was on had stopped for several days before being halted again near Villa Ahumada. He described their dire situation, lacking food, water, and exposed to extreme weather conditions.

The train stoppage in the past week has resulted in approximately $1 billion worth of goods being stuck at the border. Meanwhile, in the border city of Piedras Negras, opposite Eagle Pass, Texas, Venezuelan migrant Jose Julian shared a similar tale of being stranded while traveling on cargo trains. He recounted boarding a freight train with around 2,000 other migrants in Monterrey several days ago, only for the train to stop somewhere past Torreon.

Migrants Stranded on Mexico Cargo Trains

This abandonment occurred in the middle of the desert, with no regard for the presence of children. It took them 10 grueling hours on foot to reach the next town, and in total, three days to finally reach the border.

For years, migrants seeking to reach the United States have traversed Mexico on cargo trains collectively known as “La Bestia” (The Beast), recognizing the substantial risks associated with rail travel.

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