After losing her job in Honduras, Gabriela Alvarado has spent the last six weeks crisscrossing towards the U.S. border, part of a small but growing movement of Central Americans heading north after the coronavirus ravaged the already poor region.

Alvarado and her husband, Jose, decided their only option was to leave their two children with relatives and try to reach the United States, after a fruitless hunt for work at home.

“I went searching but there’s nothing, everything is shut down,” the 24-year-old former factory worker said on Tuesday from the northern Mexican border state of Sonora. “There’s no employment.”

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