Red Cross Red Crescent magazine goes on the road with migrants as they make the exhausting journey through the freezing mountain passes of northern Colombia.
Fabian Arellano Peña, who leads the Colombian Red Cross’ disaster management team, explains what the world needs to learn from the Americas’ biggest, on going, mass migration.
Bleeding feet. Cold mountain roads. Sidewalk for a bed. A typical day for thousands of migrants making the long trek on foot through Colombia. These are their stories.
Whether travelling by train, road, foot or plane, migrants and asylum seekers often find themselves in extremely vulnerable situations.
Even for those who manage to make it to a destination country with a good economy, their odyssey is not over. Living in the shadows of an affluent social welfare society, migrants in Norway struggle to survive.
Powerful images of migrants drowned at sea, crossing over razor-wire fences or arriving on shore after a shipwreck have propelled the current migration phenomenon to the forefront of public consciousness in Europe in the past year.
Sent back to Guatemala after being caught by police in Mexico, Guatemalan migrants arrive at the border with little more than the clothes they are wearing. The Guatemalan Red Cross works to make the return less painful.