What if you were suddenly forced to flee violence or poverty? What if you and your family had to make the enormously difficult decision to pack up your lives and leave by car, open-air truck or even on foot?
What would you take with you?
For millions of children and their families in northern Central America – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – and Mexico, these aren’t hypothetical questions. They’re a reality, as are the gang-related violence, organized crime and extreme poverty that many have faced every day. We asked some of the families making these journeys what objects they had brought with them. The items they carried were varied, but all were a reminder of one thing: that whether children are migrants or refugees, first and foremost a child is a child.