Kevin Sieff
Kevin Sieff
Washington Post bureau chief for Mexico and Central America. Former bureau chief in Africa and Afghanistan. Ashamed Floridian. SieffK@washpost.comSource
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3,134 miles, 18 pairs of sneakers, multiple cartel checkpoints: A run across Mexico

3,134 miles, 18 pairs of sneakers, multiple cartel checkpoints: A run across Mexico

By early January, Germán Silva had run halfway across Mexico: 30 miles a day through the Sierra Madre, past befuddled cartel gunmen and bemused road crews, across vast stretches of ranch land where the cows, too, seemed to look at him askance.There were moments when even Silva, one of the best long-distance runners in Mexico’s history, thought he might be nuts. Days when he couldn’t tell whether the greater threat to his four-month, 3,134-mile run was the terrain or his own, failing body. He was 54. His two New York City Marathon victories were almost three decades behind him. His toenails...

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U.S.-bound caravan thwarted in Guatemala as pressure against migrants continues

U.S.-bound caravan thwarted in Guatemala as pressure against migrants continues

ADMEXICO CITY — Most of the thousands of migrants who left Honduras for the United States on foot last week have been turned around in Guatemala. By Tuesday morning, more than 3,000 had been detained or forcibly sent back by security forces.Some in the caravan were aware that President-elect Joe Biden was days away from taking office in Washington and were hopeful that he would make it easier for migrants to enter the United States. But others were oblivious to the political context.For most, it was their own plight — poverty, security threats, the — that compelled them to join the...

January 19, 2021
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