It began as a group of about 160 people who agreed to leave together from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, relying on numbers to improve their safety on a trek in hopes of finding better lives in the United States.

Honduran migrant Omar Orella pushes fellow migrant Nery Maldonado Tejeda in a wheelchair, as they travel with hundreds of other Honduran migrants making their way the U.S., near Chiquimula, Guatemala, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Maldonado said he lost his legs in 2015 while riding “The Beast,” a northern-bound cargo train that crosses Mexico, and that this is his second attempt to reach the U.S. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Honduran migrants bound for the U.S border climb into the bed of a truck in Zacapa, Guatemala, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Migrants bound for the U.S.-Mexico border stand in front of a closed gate as they wait on a bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Mexican officials said those with passports and valid visas — only a tiny minority of those trying to cross — would be let in immediately. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Reports on the migrant caravan in local media quickly caught the attention of other Hondurans fed up with their country’s lack of jobs and excess of crime and people began flocking to join in, swelling the group to more than 1,000 as it approached the border with Guatemala on Oct. 12.

Thousands of Honduran migrants rush across the border towards Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Migrants broke down the gates at the border crossing and began streaming toward a bridge into Mexico. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
A Honduran migrant mother and child are shielded by Mexican Federal Police from stones thrown by unidentified people, at the border crossing in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The mother and child were unsuccessful in their attempt to cross into Mexico and were returned to the Guatemalan side. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Migrants tired of waiting to cross into Mexico, jumped from a border bridge into the Suchiate River, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Some of the migrants traveling in a mass caravan towards the U.S.-Mexico border organized a rope brigade to ford its muddy waters. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

The caravan’s numbers continued to grow as the migrants walk and hitch rides through hot and humid weather. The United Nations estimated this week that it swollen to some 7,200 people, “many of whom intend to continue the march north.”

Clothes belonging to a Honduran migrant hangs to dry on the fence of a border bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Hundreds of migrants, who are part of a caravan bound for the U.S.-Mexico border are waiting on the border bridge to be attended by Mexican immigration authorities. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
Central American migrants walking to the U.S. start their day departing Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, a growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A Honduran migrant shows his blistered feet covered in talcum powder in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Children appear to make up about 5 percent to 10 percent of the people in the caravan, which is currently in southern Mexico, about 1,000 miles from the closest U.S. border.

Source: The Associated Press

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