Migrants from around the world—from Central and West Africa to Haiti—are stranded in Reynosa, a dangerous city on the Mexico-US border. Between January and March this year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) registered at least 150 people at the Senda de Vida shelter in Reynosa and provided 364 medical and 83 mental health consultations to migrants in the project.
The influx of people began in February 2020, when groups of people whose lives were in danger from extreme political violence fled countries including Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of Congo. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Brazil, Chile, or Ecuador. There, exposed to greater risks, they traversed the continents by bus or on foot to the northern border of Mexico, arriving in Reynosa. More than a year later, these asylum seekers are still waiting for an answer on their applications, which were put on hold by the US and Mexican governments using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse.