Train Jumpers

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Nov. 13, 2006 - Gregorio Mendez, Tabasco, Mexico -Central American migrants jump and ride the train headed northwest from Gregorio Mendez, Tabasco, towards the Pakalna train station, in Pakalna, located just outside of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. The train ride is roughly three hours from Gregorio Mendez to Palenque. Gregorio Mendez is located 20km from Tenosique, Tabasco. Tapachula is the center of smuggling undocumented immigrants from Central America through Mexico and on to the US. Most of the immigrants raft across the Rio Suchiate, which marks the border between Mexico and Guatemala, and then catch the nightly freight trains that leave Tapachula for the interior of Mexico. Three or four migrants per month are maimed when they fall off the trains. Others are robbed by bandits that haunt the train yards and prey on the migrants...


 Photograph by: Ω Gary Coronado/Palm Beach Post/ ZUMAPRESS.com

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