Forced to give birth in the mud: Asylum seekers help deliver baby at Mexican migrant camp

Under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) programme, asylum seekers have been forced to wait for months in Mexican border towns, reports Chantal da Silva

Saturday 10 October 2020 10:12
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Asylum seekers wash clothes in river by Matamoros camp on 8 Dec 2019 - At least 50 percent of the asylum seekers still waiting at the camp are children under the age of 15
Asylum seekers wash clothes in river by Matamoros camp on 8 Dec 2019 - At least 50 percent of the asylum seekers still waiting at the camp are children under the age of 15

Asylum seekers at a migrant camp in the Mexican border town of Matamoros had to band together to help deliver a baby after an expectant mother at the encampment went into labour.  

By the time Consuelo Herrera, a Guatemalan asylum seeker living at the camp with her husband, Pedro, and their young son, began to experience contractions, it was too late to try to reach a hospital.

Instead, fellow asylum seekers helped her lie down on the ground, just by the edge of the Rio Grande, as they talked her through the harrowing experience, while volunteers helping operate the camp called an ambulance.  

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