Gallery: Migrants' journey through Mexico

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Migrants moving through Central America in hopes of reaching the United States often find themselves extremely vulnerable, subject to robbery, exploitation, and numerous health issues, but with little or no access to medical care. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is therefore providing humanitarian assistance, including mental health support, to migrants at a clinic in Ixtepec, in Mexico's Oaxaca state, and at several spots along the customary route north.

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    The Suchiate river, on the border between Mexico and Guatemala. The Central American migrants cross this pass ('El Paso del Coyote') on small boats. It's the beginning of their journey through Mexico.
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    Ciudad Hidalgo is the first town many migrants see when they enter Mexico from Guatemala after crossing the Sichuate river. The train doesn't work from here, so they need to walk for hours.
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    Fredid and Mario René just arrived to Mexico. This is the first time they try to cross the country -- they've already been deported by the authorities when they tried a few weeks back. Now they will jump on a cargo train and head north. This is the only weight they're carrying with them.
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    The cargo train used by the migrants to travel within México, known as 'The Beast'. Arriaga is the first stop of the route along the Pacific coast. Sometimes the migrants have to wait for hours or days because of the delays of the cargo trains.
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    Tierra Blanca is one of the most dangerous spots along the route from the border with Guatemala to Central Mexico. The migrants have been traveling for days but they're still miles away from Estado de Mexico.
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    Every few days, a train arrives to Ixtepec with hundreds of migrants. They wait for a few hours or days and then they go on. MSF is running a clinic here to assist them.
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    Families, women and unaccompanied children travel on The Beast and try to make it to the United States. They are the most vulnerable among the migrants.
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    The 'albergue' or house of the migrant in Ixtepec. Here the migrants make a stop of hours or days and get ready until the next train leaves.
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    The migrants don't have much time to enjoy along the route. In this 'albergue' or house of the migrants in Ixtepec, they gather to play football.
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    The Central American migrants traveling by train in Mexico are often exhausted because of the long trips. They are often victims of violence. MSF assists them.
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