UNICEF warns of malnutrition and disease risk for migrant children in Mexican camp

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A migrant kid rests connected the enarthrosis of her begetter arsenic migrants hold to person assistance from the Mexican authorities to get humanitarian visas to transit done Mexican territory, successful Tapachula, Mexico December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

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MEXICO CITY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Thousands of migrant children and adolescents surviving successful a makeshift campy successful confederate Mexico are astatine hazard of malnutrition, illness and perchance being separated from their families, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said connected Wednesday.

Camping extracurricular a shot stadium successful the confederate metropolis of Tapachula, thousands of migrants including galore children are awaiting responses to their requests for asylum oregon humanitarian visas.

Pressia Arifin-Cabo, lawman typical for UNICEF Mexico, said successful a recorded video that the concern is critical.

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"There are galore radical and close present that's precise concerning due to the fact that of COVID," she said. "There's besides a batch of garbage, determination are nary places wherever they tin entree water, wherever they tin lavation oregon be to their nutritional needs."

Arifin-Cabo besides said UNICEF is peculiarly disquieted astir the anticipation of household separation, adding that galore families mislaid documents during their travels north.

Tapachula has go a gathering constituent for tens of thousands of migrants leaving successful caravans to the northbound of the country.

Mexican authorities person been attempting to dismantle the campy adjacent the borderline with Guatemala and started to transportation migrants from Tapachula to different regions, promising to regularize their situation.

Mexico's migration authorization and the authorities bureau liable for providing assistance to children and adolescents did not instantly respond to requests for comment.

Some 40% of the 84,600 exile applicants successful Mexico are minors, according to authoritative data.

Many anticipation to yet petition asylum successful United States, which past week relaunched the arguable Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that obliges asylum seekers to hold successful Mexico for U.S. migration hearings.

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Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Stephen Coates

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