This story takes place in Mexico, a little over one hundred kilometers from the Port of Veracruz. There lies the municipality of Amatlan de los Reyes, and within it, the town of Guadalupe La Patrona. It is a place in the mountains where the train called “La Bestia” passes through. This is a cargo train that travels from the Guatemala border to the north of Mexico, carrying hundreds of Central American migrants every day with the goal of reaching the United States.
Since 1994, a collective of women has been feeding and assisting migrant people who travel aboard La Bestia. It all started with Rosa and Bernarda, who waited with their grocery bags in hand for the train to pass so they could cross the tracks. While waiting, they noticed people hanging from the train cars asking for water and food. Without hesitation, they gave them their groceries. Since then, they have seen how the train is increasingly packed with migrants, and along with their mother and other sister, they have organized to cook every day and help those people.
When they hear the train’s whistle, the women stand close to the tracks and stretch out their arms with the bags, waiting for them to be taken. Inside the bags are beans, bread, and water.
A story of solidarity that inspires us.