This is the desperate moment that a mum-of-two begged for help for her sick young son after rioting broke out at an immigration shelter in Mexico.
The unnamed mother reaches out underneath a fence as she cries out in Spanish: ‘My son has been sick for a lot of days. I have suffered a lot.’
She is one of many migrants who are at the Feria Mesoamericana in the city of Tapachula.
Trouble broke out after they asked for food, medical help, and assistance to let them leave the facility.
The mother, who has been there for 10 days, added: ‘They haven’t given us a bit of food. There is no drinkable water. Help, help me with my son. He is sick. I have two sons, a five-year-old and a -month-old. … Help me please. My son is dying.’
The mother in the video tried to leave by the main gate but was stopped by members of the National Guard, National Institute of Immigration and the Federal Police.
The camp suffers from problems with little food, overflowing toilets, rat infestations, cockroaches and reports of abusive guards.
There are also believed to be up to 50 people sleeping in tiny rooms measuring 9ft by 12ft.
Protesters at the camp, consisting of Haitian, African and Asian migrants, shouted ‘freedom! Freedom!’ as tehy tried to escape, but they trouble was quickly quelled by armed forces.
Earlier this week Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would investigate the controversial detention of migrants trying to cross the US border.
His promise came as a picture emerged of a migrant girl Valeria and her father Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez lying face down in the Rio Grande after drowning while trying to cross the border.
International law protects the right of undocumented migrants to cross borders to seek asylum, and Mexico had not typically stopped them from doing so at its northern border.
However, Lopez Obrador is facing pressure from US President Donald Trump to slow a surge of Central American migrants, and his government is eager to show results and avoid the punitive tariffs the US president threatened last month to impose on Mexican goods.
One of the guardsmen said: ‘When they saw the photo (of the migrant detention), they told us we can’t touch the migrants. But at the same time, they order us to detain them and produce results.’
Another said migrants cried and begged to be released. He said: ‘But I can’t do that. They’ll punish me if I do that. I have to (detain them) to do my job, to finish my deployment here and see my family again soon.’