Nelson David Rubi


I joined the caravan because of the political situation. The president is a dictator. If you don’t help the president and the gangs, you get killed. Unless you cooperate with them, you’re against the government, and you’re at risk. When word of the caravan first spread, fifteen days before they actually left, a friend suggested that I go with them to help protect them. I am on the medical staff of the hospital in San Pedro Sula [where the idea of an organized migrant caravan was first announced]. I was already targeted by the military police and the praetorian guard of the president, so this looked like a good opportunity for me to leave.

            It took me seventeen days to get to Tijuana, walking, on a train or by bus.

            The previous president was Porfirio Lobo Sosa. He was a dictator too.

            I came on my own. I have a wife and one son. The situation in Honduras is lamentable. I have to abandoned my country because it’s broken. I hope I can bring my wife and son here.

            I’m thirty-two years old, from San Pedro Sula. I have a licentiate in nursing and am a paramedic as well.

            As a medic, the trip was hard on me. I saw five people die, mostly from falls from trucks.

            I’m optimistic about being here. There are better options here. Trump has insulted me and I don’t want to go there. I plan to stay in Mexico. I am already in contact with people in the Mexican government, as well as writers from the United States.

            It’s been a week since I’ve talked with my wife. She supports my move and is hoping for a better life. The experience has been fascinating, but I had no second choice.

            I think we would have been better off if Hillary had been elected. Or if Barack Obama were still president.

            The health situation here [in El Barretal] is better [than in the Benito Juarez Stadium, the original shelter for the migrants]. We had a lot of respiratory disease because of the change in temperature. It’s been cold here, and there it’s warm all year around.

            [I told him that some people said that climate change had a part in the crisis in Honduras.]

            I haven’t heard anything about this. It was unusually hot last year.

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