An army of a thousand migrants from Central America are marching through Mexico to the US where they hope to get in by any means – legal or not.
The massive flood of migrants hail mostly from Honduras, where the country has become rife with gang violence and political unrest.
The journey began on Sunday March 25 when 1,200 men, women and children gathered together to cross immigration checkpoints with a organization called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, meaning People Without Borders, according to BuzzFeed News.
And the number is only growing as migrants walk to the border in 90-degree heat, sleep on the floor of town plazas, and get by on charity meals by locals and churches.
1,200 migrants from Central America headed on foot to the US on Sunday, pictured above on Palm Sunday in south Mexico with a sign that says ‘We are all America no to the discrimination’
The massive procession of migrants moved through Mexico towards the US border, where they demand asylum as they leave their Central American countries such as Honduras
Eighty per cent of the migrants, above on Sunday, making the month-long trek to the US border hail from Honduras, which has been overcome with political unrest and gang activity
For Palm Sunday the Central American migrants, pictured above attending mass, traveled on foot with the organization Pueblos Sin Fronteras, meaning People Without Borders
The group has attracted thousands as the solo journey to the US border is dangerous
The volunteer-run organization has led such pilgrimages in the past to assure safe passage for migrants to the US, protecting them from authorities, gangs and cartels.
The arduous journey will take a month as the group – 80 per cent hailing from Honduras – pass through Guatemala and up Mexico to get to the US borer.
A Buzzfeed reporter on site says organizers estimate that about two-thirds of the people in the caravan plan to cross in the US undetected or by asking for asylum protection.
Others will attempt to enter illegally.
‘The crime rate is horrible, you can’t live there,’ a Honduran mother-of-two named Karen said to BuzzFeed on fleeing her home country.
‘After the president [was sworn in] it got worse. There were deaths, mobs, robbed homes, adults and kids were beaten up,’ she added.
‘We’re all here fighting together, going to different borders, chasing an American dream that sometimes becomes a reality or doesn’t for some,’ another Honduran migrant named Yonis said.
However the caravan of migrants believes in the power in numbers.
A child looks on as a crowd gathers for mass on Sunday in Mexico during the first stretch of the month-long journey
One of the most perilous parts of the journey includes riding on top of freight trains, above
The massive group of people is only growing and is meticulously organized into small groups
‘If we all protect each other we’ll get through this together,’ Pueblos Sin Fronteras organizer Rodrigo Abeja said to the passing crowds via a loudspeaker as they passed through the Guatemala-Mexico border in Tapachula.
One of the more perilous parts of the journey includes perching on top of freight trains dubbed ‘the Beast’ or ‘the Train of Death’ as a faster route north.
The group even practice boarding and balancing on top of the train cars.
Images of the army show thousands fill streets in processions, often chanting as they walk and sometimes carrying signs that say ‘We’re all America’ and ‘No to the Discrimination’.
But the chaos is surprisingly well organized. The migrants are divided into groups of 10 to 15 people, with a leader heading each group. Five groups make up a sector.
Committees are also set up to oversee security, food and logistics.
A BuzzFeed reporter on the scene is travelling with the group to document their progress
An immigration check point the group successfully pass after the immigration agents abandoned their posts, pictured above on Monday March 26
The group passes through a small town in an organized fashion with hopes of entering the US
Rallies were held along the route such as the above in front of the Honduran consulate in Tapachula, Mexico, as most of the migrants hail from Honduras, fleeing the political unrest
Although the group doesn’t promise entry into the US, it serves to help migrants get there safely.
Walkers are responsible for their own food, water, and payment for vans and buses used during the journey.
‘I’m here to work together with the people who had to leave their countries for whatever reason,’ Alex Mensing, an organizer at Pueblos Sin Fronteras, said.
‘We’re fighting together. We’re not here to give anyone papers and we’re not here to give anyone food,’ he added.
The group travel, however, is a preferred alternative for many who choose to avoid making the solitary journey to the border, where travelers are vulnerable to violence and robbery.
‘Going alone is risky. You’re risking an accident, getting jumped by robbers, and even your life,’ Mateo Juan, 29, said on the trek – his third attempt to enter the US with the organization.
‘All of that, and then you don’t get to the United States. The caravan is slower but you know you’re going to get there safely,’ he added.