Central America’s Caravan of Mothers: Personal Grief and Political Grievance

Linn Biörklund - The Conversation

On Mexican Mother’s Day on May 10, 2022, Central American and Mexican mothers searching for their disappeared children marched through the streets of Mexico City.

They demanded answers from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and are seeking justice for their loved ones who suffer violence across the vertical border, a reference to how the U.S.-Mexico border has been extended across all of Mexico territory to block Central American migrants.

Beyond their aim to find or at least learn what happened to their children, they grieve and collectively contest the brutalities that migrants in search of safety and protection are experiencing in Mexico today.