Mexican train derailment leads to calls for action

September 16, 2013

The Mexican bishops’ ministry for people on the move called for prayer, reflection and action after a train carrying northbound Central Americans derailed in southern Mexico, killing 11 migrants.

“Let us act so that this situation may be resolved; that people have the right to free transit; sufficient security to reach their destination; (and) . . . in their own nation, possibilities for development, security and peace,” said the statement, signed by Bishop Guillermo Ortiz Mondragon of Cuautitlan, director of the ministry.

The cargo train, commonly called, The Beast, derailed early Aug. 25 in Tabasco state.

An increasing number of Central Americans cross into Tabasco from neighbouring Guatemala to steal rides atop trains transiting the country.

The Tabasco state government said theft of railway parts weakened the tracks and caused the derailment.