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More Central American Migrants Than Ever Crossing Into Mexico


ARRIAGA – The impoverished Mexican state of Chiapas couldn't be less hospitable to the many Central American migrants who cross over from Guatemala in search of better opportunities up north.

In the border town of Arriaga, criminals prey on the new arrivals, as do coyotes (people smugglers) and even local authorities, who harass and exploit them, Diario del Sur reports. Most of the migrants sleep outdoors, on sidewalks or benches, since the only shelter – the Church-run "Home of Mercy" – is full beyond capacity.

And yet these Central Americans, who arrive in some cases after walking hundreds of miles, keep crossing over. Not only that, but their numbers appear to be rising significantly. "Yes, the flow of migrants has increased," says Heyman Vázquez Medina, a Catholic priest who runs the Home or Mercy. "There are twice as many now. Before, 30, sometimes 40 migrants would arrive each day. Now we receive 80 or more migrants… they say there's no work in their countries."

Many of the newcomers are children or adolescents. Vázquez suspects some are on the run from the maras, violent street gangs that operate in places like Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

War, Corruption And The Overdue Demise Of Ukrainian Oligarchs

The invasion of Russia has forced Ukraine to confront a domestic enemy: corruption and economic control by an insular and unethical elite.

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May 21, 2021, Ukraine: Demonstrators hold smoke bombs outside the Appeal Court of Kyiv.

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KYIV — Since Russia’s invasion, Ukraine's all-powerful oligarchs have lost a significant chunk of their wealth and political influence. However, the fight against the corruption that plagues the country is only just beginning.

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On the morning of September 2, several men wearing balaclavas and bullet-proof waistcoats bearing the initials "SBU" arrived at the door of an opulent mansion in Dnipro, Ukraine's fourth largest city. Facing them, his countenance frowning behind thin-rimmed glasses, was the owner of the house, the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.

Officers from the Ukrainian security services had come to hand him a "suspicion notice" as part of an investigation into "fraud" and "money laundering". His home was searched, and shortly afterwards he was remanded in custody, with bail set at 509 million hryvnias, or more than €1.3 million. A photo of the operation published that very morning by the security services was widely shared on social networks and then picked up by various media outlets.

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