In pictures: Guatemalan child migrant's body flown home

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Jakelin Caal's brother Abdel carries her photograph outside their home in San Antonio Secortez village

The body of seven-year-old Guatemalan girl Jakelin Caal - who died earlier this month while in the custody of the US Border Patrol - has been returned to her home country.

Jakelin was crossing the US-Mexico border with her father as part of a caravan of Central American migrants. They handed themselves in to US border agents in New Mexico in early December.

While in custody, Jakelin developed a high fever and died of liver failure several days later.

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Claudia Maquin sits and waits for the arrival of her daughter's body
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Local residents have gathered to prepare her grave in her village
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A small grave has been dug in the cemetery
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Mourners have brought flowers
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The white coffin, containing the girl's body, was flown from the US to Guatemala City
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Jakelin's grandmother, Elvira Choc, is among those waiting for its arrival
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Villagers have set up a makeshift memorial in her memory
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They also made an altar
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Her death triggered protests in the US - such as this one in El Paso, Texas - against President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy