Edition:
United Kingdom
Pictures | Fri Aug 23, 2019 | 4:05am BST

Victims of 'La Bestia,' Mexico's notorious migrant train, learn to walk again

Mario, 34, a Honduran migrant who lost his leg while traveling en route to the United States on a freight train known as "La Bestia", rests during a physiotherapy session at the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People in Silao, Mexico, August 19, 2019. Migrants learn to walk again with new prosthetic limbs after being injured by The Death Train, so named for the risks posed by traveling on it north through Mexico to the U.S. border.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Mario, 34, a Honduran migrant who lost his leg while traveling en route to the United States on a freight train known as "La Bestia", rests during a physiotherapy session at the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People in Silao, Mexico, August 19,...more

Mario, 34, a Honduran migrant who lost his leg while traveling en route to the United States on a freight train known as "La Bestia", rests during a physiotherapy session at the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People in Silao, Mexico, August 19, 2019. Migrants learn to walk again with new prosthetic limbs after being injured by The Death Train, so named for the risks posed by traveling on it north through Mexico to the U.S. border. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
1 / 15
A prosthetic technician works in a prosthetic leg for Luis, 21. The train, which transports sugar and grains to cement and minerals, has helped legions of north-bound Central Americans flee extortionists, kidnappers, and more recently, migration agents and police who swarm highways and board buses.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A prosthetic technician works in a prosthetic leg for Luis, 21. The train, which transports sugar and grains to cement and minerals, has helped legions of north-bound Central Americans flee extortionists, kidnappers, and more recently, migration...more

A prosthetic technician works in a prosthetic leg for Luis, 21. The train, which transports sugar and grains to cement and minerals, has helped legions of north-bound Central Americans flee extortionists, kidnappers, and more recently, migration agents and police who swarm highways and board buses. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
2 / 15
A prosthetic technician adjusts a prosthetic leg for a migrant. But many, in their quest for safer lives, have fallen to their deaths or suffered grievous injuries as it careens around bends and through tunnels in remote or cartel-controlled expanses, with dozens perched on slippery roofs or hanging from handles between cars.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A prosthetic technician adjusts a prosthetic leg for a migrant. But many, in their quest for safer lives, have fallen to their deaths or suffered grievous injuries as it careens around bends and through tunnels in remote or cartel-controlled...more

A prosthetic technician adjusts a prosthetic leg for a migrant. But many, in their quest for safer lives, have fallen to their deaths or suffered grievous injuries as it careens around bends and through tunnels in remote or cartel-controlled expanses, with dozens perched on slippery roofs or hanging from handles between cars. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
3 / 15
A prosthetic technician works in a prosthetic leg for Luis, 21. Since 2011 a special Red Cross program, which moved in June to a strategic midpoint of the train line, has attended to 411 mutilated migrants, most of whom lost limbs, giving the few who were found in time a fresh lease on life.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A prosthetic technician works in a prosthetic leg for Luis, 21. Since 2011 a special Red Cross program, which moved in June to a strategic midpoint of the train line, has attended to 411 mutilated migrants, most of whom lost limbs, giving the few who...more

A prosthetic technician works in a prosthetic leg for Luis, 21. Since 2011 a special Red Cross program, which moved in June to a strategic midpoint of the train line, has attended to 411 mutilated migrants, most of whom lost limbs, giving the few who were found in time a fresh lease on life. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
4 / 15
A prosthetic leg for a migrant is pictured at the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People. Now, with more Central Americans stowed away on board the trains amid a Mexican crackdown on bus and walking routes, the Red Cross program is busier than ever. Specialists have been treating five to eight new patients with amputated limbs a month this year, up from three to four a month last year, said Luis Sauceda, a doctor specialized in medical rehabilitation in the Guanajuato Rehabilitation Center.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A prosthetic leg for a migrant is pictured at the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People. Now, with more Central Americans stowed away on board the trains amid a Mexican crackdown on bus and walking routes, the Red Cross program is busier than...more

A prosthetic leg for a migrant is pictured at the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled People. Now, with more Central Americans stowed away on board the trains amid a Mexican crackdown on bus and walking routes, the Red Cross program is busier than ever. Specialists have been treating five to eight new patients with amputated limbs a month this year, up from three to four a month last year, said Luis Sauceda, a doctor specialized in medical rehabilitation in the Guanajuato Rehabilitation Center. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
5 / 15
Alan exercises during a physiotherapy session. Lack of money led Honduran former soldier Alan Abarca, 49, to skip the bus and board the train to reach the United States, months after getting deported, and he lost his left leg for it. He hopped between hula hoops on his remaining right leg to regain balance and strength. Afterwards, he pulled his stump out of its sock, revealing a mosaic of pink and white skin, still too raw for the prosthetic.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Alan exercises during a physiotherapy session. Lack of money led Honduran former soldier Alan Abarca, 49, to skip the bus and board the train to reach the United States, months after getting deported, and he lost his left leg for it. He hopped...more

Alan exercises during a physiotherapy session. Lack of money led Honduran former soldier Alan Abarca, 49, to skip the bus and board the train to reach the United States, months after getting deported, and he lost his left leg for it. He hopped between hula hoops on his remaining right leg to regain balance and strength. Afterwards, he pulled his stump out of its sock, revealing a mosaic of pink and white skin, still too raw for the prosthetic. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
6 / 15
Alan exercises during a physiotherapy session. He said he had tried and failed to maintain his family in the impoverished Honduran city of Choloma. During a lifetime of odd jobs, his favorite was being a roofer, readily clambering up five stories. Now, he asked, choked with emotion: "What can I do?" Besides his wife and daughter, he had yet to inform other relatives about the accident, concerned that when word reaches his mother, her weak heart may fail. "Only when I can walk again" will he tell everyone, he said, with a twinkle in his eye.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Alan exercises during a physiotherapy session. He said he had tried and failed to maintain his family in the impoverished Honduran city of Choloma. During a lifetime of odd jobs, his favorite was being a roofer, readily clambering up five stories....more

Alan exercises during a physiotherapy session. He said he had tried and failed to maintain his family in the impoverished Honduran city of Choloma. During a lifetime of odd jobs, his favorite was being a roofer, readily clambering up five stories. Now, he asked, choked with emotion: "What can I do?" Besides his wife and daughter, he had yet to inform other relatives about the accident, concerned that when word reaches his mother, her weak heart may fail. "Only when I can walk again" will he tell everyone, he said, with a twinkle in his eye. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
7 / 15
Luis exercises during a physiotherapy session. Luis Estuardo, 21, an accountant, had resorted to boarding the train after escaping migration agents who had pulled him and his brother off a bus as they were crossing from one southern Mexican state to the next, he said. "It was my first time," Estuardo said, of his Bestia journey. Others tried to pull him aboard as the train picked up speed, but he fell, and his left leg was shredded. Waiting by the side of the tracks, he fashioned a makeshift tourniquet to stem the bleeding, he said. Then, everything turned white. Five hours later, local authorities found him.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Luis exercises during a physiotherapy session. Luis Estuardo, 21, an accountant, had resorted to boarding the train after escaping migration agents who had pulled him and his brother off a bus as they were crossing from one southern Mexican state to...more

Luis exercises during a physiotherapy session. Luis Estuardo, 21, an accountant, had resorted to boarding the train after escaping migration agents who had pulled him and his brother off a bus as they were crossing from one southern Mexican state to the next, he said. "It was my first time," Estuardo said, of his Bestia journey. Others tried to pull him aboard as the train picked up speed, but he fell, and his left leg was shredded. Waiting by the side of the tracks, he fashioned a makeshift tourniquet to stem the bleeding, he said. Then, everything turned white. Five hours later, local authorities found him. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
8 / 15
Luis Estuardo jumps during a physiotherapy session. Estuardo expressed gratitude to the Red Cross for being able to sleep again, despite phantom cramps. "I feel like a sculpture," he said, gripping a walker, as Gibran Guzman, the program's Munich-trained prosthetic technician, gently wrapped a plaster-soaked bandage around his amputated thigh. Every individual's prosthetic is unique, said Guzman, holding up the mold with which to design Estuardo's new calf, and a knee with a suspension device.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Luis Estuardo jumps during a physiotherapy session. Estuardo expressed gratitude to the Red Cross for being able to sleep again, despite phantom cramps. "I feel like a sculpture," he said, gripping a walker, as Gibran Guzman, the program's...more

Luis Estuardo jumps during a physiotherapy session. Estuardo expressed gratitude to the Red Cross for being able to sleep again, despite phantom cramps. "I feel like a sculpture," he said, gripping a walker, as Gibran Guzman, the program's Munich-trained prosthetic technician, gently wrapped a plaster-soaked bandage around his amputated thigh. Every individual's prosthetic is unique, said Guzman, holding up the mold with which to design Estuardo's new calf, and a knee with a suspension device. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
9 / 15
Rony, 22, a Honduran migrant, exercises during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Rony, 22, a Honduran migrant, exercises during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Rony, 22, a Honduran migrant, exercises during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
10 / 15
Olver, 21, a Honduran migrant, jumps during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Olver, 21, a Honduran migrant, jumps during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Olver, 21, a Honduran migrant, jumps during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
11 / 15
Mario, 34, a Honduran migrant, exercises during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Mario, 34, a Honduran migrant, exercises during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Mario, 34, a Honduran migrant, exercises during a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
12 / 15
Migrants from Central America arrive for a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Migrants from Central America arrive for a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Migrants from Central America arrive for a physiotherapy session. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
13 / 15
Oliver (L) and Daniel, 21, Honduran migrants, speak at a shelter in Celaya, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Oliver (L) and Daniel, 21, Honduran migrants, speak at a shelter in Celaya, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Oliver (L) and Daniel, 21, Honduran migrants, speak at a shelter in Celaya, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
14 / 15
Migrants from Central America eat at a shelter in Celaya, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Migrants from Central America eat at a shelter in Celaya, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Migrants from Central America eat at a shelter in Celaya, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Close
15 / 15

Next Slideshows

Aerial parade over New York City

Britain's Royal Air Force Red Arrows, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the F-35 Lightning II Demo Team soar above the Big Apple ahead of...

23 Aug 2019

Astronauts train for new Starliner spacecraft

A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training for a manned mission to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft,...

22 Aug 2019

Cuba's retro rides

The streets of Havana are still filled with cars that predate the 1959 communist revolution.

22 Aug 2019

Hong Kongers protest at site of suspected triad attacks

Thousands of Hong Kong residents held a sometimes scrappy anti-government protest at a suburban subway station that was attacked by a mob last month, angry that...

22 Aug 2019

MORE IN PICTURES

Canada kicks off federal election

Canada kicks off federal election

Canadians head to the polls on October 21 for the 42nd federal election, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party facing a tough re-election battle against the main opposition Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer.

Inside Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Inside Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Comprising an estimated 125,000-strong military with army, navy and air units, Revolutionary Guards commanders have repeatedly said that U.S. bases in the Middle East and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf are within range of Iranian missiles.

Best of London Fashion Week

Best of London Fashion Week

Backstage and collection highlights from London.

Activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to the U.S.

Activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to the U.S.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who sailed to New York in a zero-carbon emissions vessel, stages 'climate strikes' and appeals to American political leaders ahead of a United Nations climate summit.

Wildfires rage in Brazil's Amazon

Wildfires rage in Brazil's Amazon

An unprecedented surge in wildfires has occurred since Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January vowing to develop the Amazon region for farming and mining, ignoring international concern over increased deforestation.

U.S. blames Iran for Saudi oil attack

U.S. blames Iran for Saudi oil attack

U.S. President Donald Trump said he ordered a major increase in sanctions on Iran as Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said Tehran used in a crippling weekend attack on its oil facilities.

Editor's Choice Pictures

Editor's Choice Pictures

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Boeing 737 MAX aircraft still grounded

Boeing 737 MAX aircraft still grounded

Major U.S. airlines have canceled flights into December as a result of the MAX grounding, including American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines, while Southwest Airlines Co has canceled flights into early January.

Israel's Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

Israel's Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

Israel's election was too close to call on Wednesday, with a partial vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast