Children flee Central America to escape gang violence, poverty

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On 1 July 2016, (left-right) Angel, 12 and his sister Valeria, 4, in El Progreso, Honduras. Together with his father, Pedro, and his siblings, they were kidnapped in Mexico and held hostage for 42 days. Photo: UNICEF/UN028168/Zehbrauskas

Every month, thousands of children from Central America flee to the United States to escape gang violence and poverty, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found.

Some are kidnapped, trafficked, raped or killed along the way.

They are from countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which have some of the world's highest murder rates.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Duration: 2’17″

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