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Climate Change is Driving Illegal Immigration

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Central America’s choice: Pray for rain or migrate  

Ravaged by drought, farmers in rural Honduras and Guatemala live on the edge of hunger.

 

This article has been jointly published by NBCNews.com and InsideClimate News, a nonprofit, independent news outlet that covers climate, energy and the environment.

 

EL ROSARIO,  Honduras — On a late winter evening, the people of this remote village walked out of their tin-roofed houses and headed to the local health clinic, a small, brightly painted building that has become a lifeline and a community gathering place.

 

Worry crossed their faces as they crammed onto wooden benches outside the clinic, shuffling dust-covered cowboy boots and plastic sandals.

 

They had come with questions. 

 

Last year, farmers here watched helplessly as drought withered their corn and bean crops for a fifth straight year. With nothing to sell and no food supplies to feed their families, they’ve entered this growing season without any reserves.  

 

El Rosario is on the edge of hunger.

 

As the sun slid below the distant tree line, Nelson Mejia, a big, soft-spoken man in his fifties, stood before his neighbors and prepared to share words of advice. He has been farming in El Rosario almost all his life, and he knows that unless something changes soon, the village could starve — or its 500 residents could be forced to find a new home. 

 

For those who might want to leave — and can afford to —  the choices are few. San Pedro Sula, a city a few hours to the northwest, is overrun by drug gangs and violence. Migrant caravans leave from there to the Mexico-U.S. border but offer no guarantee — and hiring a smuggler costs thousands of dollars.

 

“We know we have to find options,” Mejia said in Spanish through a translator. 

 

Some people here know about climate change, about the vast, complex forces of cambio climatico roiling the weather.

 

Global warming has heated the air and driven away seasonal rains. It may have boosted the spread of bark-munching beetles, which ravaged pine forests surrounding El Rosario that had already been depleted by logging.

 

The loss of the forests, in turn, diminished freshwater streams and sent temperatures in the village soaring still higher, residents say. 

 

Migration to the United States from Honduras and its neighboring “northern triangle” countries — El Salvador and Guatemala — has climbed in recent years. The reasons are complex, including poverty, unemployment and violence. But the increase in migration also coincides with the drought, which began in 2014, and those living in Central America’s so-called dry corridor, which is adjacent to El Rosario, say lack of food is the primary reason people leave, according to a United Nations report

 

TRUMP KNOWS ABOUT THIS

 

TRUMP IS LYING ABOUT THIS

 

TRUMP IS A CRIMINAL AND NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED

 

Source - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/central-america-drying-farmers-face-choice-pray-rain-or-leave-n1...

 

 

 

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