One child's solo odyssey from Guatemala to the US border

Roma (United States) (AFP) – Oscar is 12 years old and has just crossed the Rio Grande river from Mexico to Texas in a small, inflatable boat piloted by human traffickers. He is tearful, hungry and afraid after a dangerous month-long journey from Guatemala. His first words upon arrival in the United States: “Vengo solo (I come alone).” “I came here because we didn’t have anything to eat,” the thin boy with big brown eyes tells AFP as nightfall settles on the Rio Grande Valley.  A surge in migrants at the United States border with Mexico has emerged as one of the major challenges facing Democra…

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