Fleeing a hell the US helped create: why Central Americans journey north

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The region’s inequality and violence, in which the US has long played a role, is driving people to leave their homes

Jakelin Caal Maquín, the seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died this month in US custody, is the latest victim of a long, dysfunctional relationship between the US and its southern neighbours that has cost countless lives over the past half-century.

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