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Refugee Marriage

Pastor Marries Refugees At Mexican-American Border After 2,500 mile Journey

CHICAGO — Pastor Emma Lozano of the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Chicago recently married four Central American couples at the Mexican-American border, not for the backdrop. But because it was the final destination of their 2,500 mile journey to seek asylum.

The couples were among a group of about 200 refugees that traveled together in what has been called a caravan to flee countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“About 80 percent of the people travelling within the caravan were from Honduras,” Lozano said in an interview on Brad Show Live.

Citing that Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world, Lozano noted that the country is also currently experiencing political turmoil following their November presidential election.

“They are fleeing violence after the recently held election in November, and it has only gotten worse,” she said. “We are hearing reports from human rights advocates saying many people in Honduras are living in chaos with protests happening all the time, and people are being killed in the streets.”

Following a month long trip through dangerous cities and conditions via on top of freight trains, the migrants finally arrived to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the Mexican-American border at the end of April.

In the wake of the refugees arrival to the border and them waiting to be processed, Lozano performed four marriage ceremonies.

“I was privileged and honored to have conducted those weddings,” she said on the show. Noting many of the couples were getting married with their sick infant children in their hands, she said “the families didn’t want to get separated without having said vows to each other that they would be together forever.”

To hear more insight behind Pastor Emma Lozano’s emotional marriage ceremonies, watch below.

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