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‘We Lost Everything:’ Central Americans Flee North After 2 Hurricanes

“MONTERREY, Mexico – It took Luis Salgado years of manual labor to save enough money to open a small fresh produce store, so when torrential floods swept away $1,500 worth of apples, bananas and other fruits, he decided there was no longer a future for him in Honduras.

Salgado had already been struggling to eke out a profit after measures to curb the novel coronavirus such as additional cleaning cut into his meager revenues. But the destruction of Hurricane Eta in early November left him in debt and unable to feed his three children.

So he set out with three neighbors to try to cross Guatemala, then Mexico and eventually find work in the United States.”

Laura Gottesdiener and Lizbeth Diaz report for Reuters December 4, 2020.