Enrique's Journey

What is the difference between Chiapa's and Veracruz?

Chapter 5-6

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The southern state of Chiapas is what migrants call la bestia or “the beast.” It is one of the most dangerous sections of Mexico for migrants. Authority figures can be brutal, Enrique has been robbed here before. The people dislike migrants in this area as well. Enrique wears a cap which reads “No Fear,” he presses on. Unlike the people of Chiapas, those of Veracruz and Oaxaca are friendly toward migrants. They shout to signal if police are nearby, giving the migrants time to react. Women and children run along the sides of the train with small bundles, which they throw up as gifts. Enrique receives several loaves of bread from woman and a boy. He is overwhelmed by their generosity.