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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Life on the road: First wave of migrant caravan reaches Mexico City - in pictures

More than 1,000 Central Americans bedded down at a stadium where the city government set up medical aid and food kitchens

The first Central American migrants from a caravan travelling through Mexico towards the United States in hopes of seeking asylum arrived in Mexico City on Sunday, taking up temporary shelter at a sports stadium.

More than 1,000 Central Americans, many fleeing gang violence and financial hardship in their home countries, bedded down at the stadium where the city government set up medical aid and food kitchens.

Ahead of US congressional elections this Tuesday, President Donald Trump has warned repeatedly about the advance of the caravan and ordered thousands of troops to the Mexican border, where units strung up razor wire this weekend.

The migrants arrived in Mexico City, about 800 kilometers from the closest border crossings in Texas, four weeks after setting out from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.