Mother of the drowned child returns to El Salvador

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Mother of the drowned child returns to El Salvador
Mother of the drowned child returns to El Salvador

Photo of the lifeless bodies of a little girl and father on the American-Mexican border had created worldwide sorrows. Now the mother of the child has returned to her native El Salvador. The deputy minister for Salvadorans, Mauricio Cabrera, received the 21-year-old Tania Vanessa Avalos at the airport of the capital San Salvador. The family of three had tried to get through Mexico to the United States together.

Cabrera called at the airport, his compatriots to not illegally emigrate and thereby put their lives at risk, as the Presidential Office announced on Twitter. The president of the Central American country, Nayib Bukele, had promised the family financial support and payment for the transport of the bodies.

A photo of the 25-year-old man and his 23-month-old daughter had been spread worldwide in recent days,  lying face down in the shallow water on the banks of the Río Grande. The man’s T-shirt holds both together, the child’s arm around the father’s neck, the bodies of a young man from El Salvador and his almost two-year-old daughter on the banks of the Rio Grande. The man and the girl had drowned in the attempt to illegally cross the border from Mexico to the United States.

The situation at the border has dramatically increased in recent months. In May alone, American border police deployed more than 144,000 people, migrants mostly from Central America, who had fled violence and poverty in their home countries.

According to media reports, they had drowned in the attempt to cross the river to get from the Mexican border town of Matamoros in the state of Texas. The young woman had to watch that accordingly.

Tens of thousands of Central American migrants flee violence and poverty in their home countries every month, trying to get into the US via Mexico. According to United Nations figures, 442 migrants died on the border between Mexico and the United States last year. This year, there are 175 migrants, including 13 children.

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