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Finding refuge: Tijuana provides a temporary shelter for migrants arriving from across the globe

Two mothers try to protect their children from violence. One is from Ukraine, the other from Honduras. They must depend on the kindness of strangers in a land that is far from their own.

Tijuana has been a hub for migrants and refugees for decades. In 2016, thousands of Haitians arrived from Brazil, where they had sought refuge following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake and the turmoil that followed. In 2018, there was an influx of people seeking asylum from Central and South America.

Now, thousands of Ukrainian citizens have landed in the border city since Russian forces invaded their country in February. And the situation continues to evolve.

This story captures the raw emotions of two mothers trying to protect their children from violence. One is from Ukraine, the other from Honduras. They must depend on the kindness of strangers in a land that is far from their own. Their paths may be similar, but there are vast differences in how they are received.