For over a week, 4,000 migrants from Central America have trudged north towards the US, fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras. Many are children, some with families, some alone. El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have endemic levels of crime and violence. More than a third of all Latin Americans reported being victims of violent crime in 2016. The region is home to just 8% of the world’s population, but 33% of its homicides. World Vision (WV) has released a statement demanding that the needs of the immigrants in the caravan, especially the health and safety of children, be looked after. It wants measures to be taken to care for children on the move. WV understands the violence and sense of hopelessness that is driving families to leave their homes. As Christians, we are called to love and serve the most vulnerable among us, to welcome the stranger, and to show hospitality to those in need.
USA: caravan of migrantsWritten by David Fletcher 25 Oct 2018
- Pray: for the US government to put the needs of vulnerable families and children first, while working on a long-term solution to its border challenges. (Matthew 25:35)
- More: www.worldvision.org/about-us/media-center/world-vision-us-statement-on-central-american-migration