Guatemala Metropolis – Carlos* arrived in his hometown within the western highlands of Guatemala earlier this month after being deported by the USA.
The migrant had supposed to maneuver to the US to supply for his household. As an alternative he contracted the COVID-19 virus, and didn’t discover out till being examined by docs in Guatemala.
“After they informed me I used to be constructive, it was painful [to hear]. It wasn’t my intention to get sick,” he informed Al Jazeera by cellphone, including that he began to point out signs en route again to Guatemala.
However Carlos’s hardship solely simply started after his take a look at outcomes got here in. Upon arriving dwelling, Carlos stated he started receiving threats on social media.
“They threatened to set fireplace to me,” he stated.
“They stated they did not need us within the village, and that my total household needed to be eliminated as a result of they’re contaminated,” he added. “They had been afraid.”
A minimum of 100 migrants deported from the US have examined constructive for the novel coronavirus, in keeping with Guatemalan officers. For a lot of, the stigma they confronted by some within the US has now adopted them again to their houses in Guatemala.
On April 19, a bunch of residents of the Indigenous city of Santa Catarina Palopo, which sits alongside the shores of Lake Atitlan, bodily threatened a deported migrant who was despatched to be quarantined of their dwelling within the small city.
Days earlier than, on April 15, residents of a middle-class neighbourhood in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second-largest metropolis, threatened to set fireplace to…