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For those who may not know why thousands of Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans are risking everything to seek asylum or enter the United States they are fleeing some of the most violent countries in the world known as the Northern Triangle.
Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle…
"Tens of thousands of Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans, many of them unaccompanied minors, have arrived in the United States in recent years, seeking asylum from the region’s skyrocketing violence. Their countries, which form a region known as the Northern Triangle, "
"The number of asylum seekers originating from the Northern Triangle reached 110,000 in 2015, a five-fold increase from 2012. Unaccompanied minors accounted for much of this surge [PDF]. Migrants from all three countries cite violence, forced gang recruitment, and extortion, "
Violence against women and femicide (the murder of women) is another major factor. 2016/17 are the most recent years for data.
Take five: Fighting femicide in Latin America via @UN_Women
"The data we have comes from the 2016 Small Arms Survey gendered analysis on violent deaths, which tells us that among the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world, 14 are from Latin America and the Caribbean."
"In Latin America, we have a culture of high tolerance towards violence against women and girls. You see it in the media all the time—crimes against women are exhibited with very crude images and nobody seems to care about it. Violence becomes normalized;"
Watch “Migrant Children Fleeing Violence: Karla’s Story” on #Vimeo
"Family and domestic violence is also a factor in the decision to migrate for many women and children. El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are some of the most dangerous countries to be a woman, with female homicide rates among the highest in the world."
2015 statistics are the most current I could find.
I understand the legal vs illegal argument but what would you do for your family if you were living in the conditions these people face daily? What would you do as a single mother with children living in these conditions?
After reading this thread I hope you may have a better understanding of why single women with children or families will risk everything to seek asylum or enter the U.S. If not you are devoid of compassion.
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