The phone, a precious tool for migrants of the caravan

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MEXICO city | Freddy Muñoz was not able to reach his daughter, but he keeps smiling.

This Honduran 61-year-old has used one of the phones made available to the migrants of the caravan by the Red Cross to allow them to call their relatives remained in the country.

“I don’t like phones, I don’t know how to call it with” he told AFP.

Muñoz has tried several times to join the United States. Her only daughter, now an adult, asked him each time to stop his ” adventures “.

“She said to me: stop it, dad,” he says, after leaving the tent in front of which dozens of migrants queue.

In the camp located in a stadium in Mexico city, about 5,500 migrants have taken place since Sunday, on the road in the United States. They have all sorts of services put in place by the mexican authorities: distribution of clothing and food, workshops, games for children, hairdresser, doctor, dentist, eye care, psychological support, and even an orchestra mariachi to liven up their stay in Mexico city.

But to be able to make a phone call to loved ones is one of the services most requested by those migrants who have left San Pedro Sula on October 13, fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras.

Alvaro Rodriguez, 18, left his country after the assassination of his father by a criminal gang. “I would like to go to Tijuana (northern Mexico) to work on it, because to return to the States will be difficult,” he says, after you have managed to talk a few minutes with his loved ones.

“Before we go, we tell our families: “wait for our call” ” says Norvin Alvarado, a migrant from honduras, 22 years old.

Some of these conversations end in tears, others with smiles bright.

For those who have a mobile phone, it is crucial to be able to reload. In different points of the camp, electrical outlets have been installed.

On the way, “it is rare that we offer you a call,” says Belkis Salinas, a Woman that is waiting for his laptop to be recharged by discussing with other migrants.

Some prefer to get out of this huge camp to search the area an internet café, even if the price of the connection, 14 pesos for an hour (0,71 dollars), is often too high for them.

“I just want an internet connection to quickly tell my family where I’m going and in what state I am” explains the German Navarro, a Guatemalan, 19 years.

The migrants of the caravan should then continue their journey to the u.s.-mexican border.

Two other caravans were currently going through the south of Mexico and could win the mexican capital in the next few days.