JOHN SEXTON Posted at 1:03 pm on November 29, 2018
What happens when you cram 6,000 people into an outdoor baseball field living in tents with not enough food, showers, or toilets? You get a big, potentially dangerous mess. CNN reports that’s exactly what has happened south of the border in Tijuana.
This municipal sports complex in the Mexican border city of Tijuana is packed with people. But it’s been transformed from an athletic facility into something entirely different: a temporary home base for thousands of Central American migrants who say they have nowhere else to go…
Human rights groups describe conditions inside this makeshift shelter where migrants are waiting as squalid and unsanitary. And things could get far worse in the coming days, with rain forecast to drench the area. Tijuana’s mayor has deemed the situation a crisis and says his city needs more help from federal and international humanitarian officials to handle it...
Carlos Betanzos told CNN conditions inside the shelter are increasingly concerning.
“This shelter is not very clean inside. The bathrooms are very bad. They are sleeping on the floor. The sanitation is not very good,” said Betanzos, who’s working at the shelter as part of a medical mission of doctors and nurses from the Church of the Nazarene…
Many patients show symptoms of the flu, he said. Others have lice or stomach illnesses — all treatable.
But in such crowded and cramped conditions, he said, doctors are concerned about how quickly more serious illnesses could spread.
In fact, the situation is worse than lice and flu according to Tijuana’s Health Department. From Fox News: