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Word of their successful entries into the US this yr clearly reached home countries bc now a swell numbering as many as 35,000 is on an infamous migrant passage through which migrants have long funneled from South America to North America: the Darien Gap. cis.org/Bensman/Next-I…
interesting...had never heard of this "darien gap". Wonder why?
Darien Gap: Desperate Journey
A dangerous 60-mile stretch of jungle separates Colombia and Panama. It's known as the Darien Gap, and thousands cross it every year, hoping to reach America.

Migrants can arrive at the southern fringe of the jungle with relative ease, due to lax immigration policies in a number of South American countries. Under the cover of the jungle, they cross illegally from South into Central America.

the journey is often completed in approximately 1.5 yrs. Try to avoid areas where cartels operate. Follow the advice for the area you are at. There are many dangers, like wild animals, forests, swamps..criminals hiding in the forests or the swamps. dangerousroads.org/north-america/…
A freelance journalist in Central America and a Mississippi-based nurse who has worked for years in Panama both told the Center for Immigration Studies that “a surge is currently underway the likes of which neither has ever seen.” thegatewaypundit.com/2019/07/center…
Migrant in Panama with an unknown skin ailment. Photo by Diane Edrington, June 2019
Diane Erdrington treating a Cameroonian migrant in the Las Penitas camp, June 2019
Most in the surge in Panama are migrants from Haiti or Cuba, with smaller numbers coming from African nations such as Cameroon and Congo, plus the South Asian countries of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. voanews.com/americas/panam…
Panamanian authorities are struggling to contend w a spike in the number of migrants passing through what is known as the Darien Gap, a roadless, lawless region of tropical isthmus that is 1 of the most dangerous stretches for ppl heading N from S America

This simple footbridge in the town of Yaviza marks the only break in a 29,000-mile road network known as the Pan-American Highway, stretching from Alaska to Argentina. The 99-mile section of impassible jungle between Central and South America is called the Darien Gap.
Most of the Darien rainforest is roadless, so long Piragua canoes like this are the primary mode of transportation. Locals with some money are able to afford an outboard motor, but most people propel themselves with hand-made wooden paddles—difficult due to strong river currents.
SENAFRONT: These guys may look like military soldiers, but technically they are Panama’s elite border police. Drug smugglers use the Darien to transport their goods over the border from Colombia. Access to most areas in the Darien w/o Senafront’s explicit permission is impossible
Meet Gilberto Torres Muñetón, aka “The Calf,” a commander of the notorious Colombian FARC guerrillas. He's wanted for drug trafficking, arms smuggling, kidnappings, & a bombing that killed 80 ppl along the border of Panama & Colombia. Wanted posters like this are found all around
Private Wilson here guards a Senafront checkpoint on the road into the Darien. The Panamanian government is trying to reclaim the jungle from smugglers, bandits, and paramilitary groups. To be sure, there are plenty of camouflage uniforms and machine guns around.
A group of migrants wait for space in a bus that will take them on their trip north, in Penitas, Darien Province, Panama on May 10, 2019.
don't see many women and children, do you?

Migrants and coyotes move a boat through shallows.
still not seeing many women and children..

Gambian Morro Kanteh with fellow migrants from Bangladesh and Nepal in the Darién Gap
all those women and children...


Migrants resting in the jungle
oh, found some...

"Nepalese immigrants, heading to the southern U.S. border, sleep on the ground in the border checkpoint after crossing the jungle of Darién gap on January 28, 2015 in Darien, Panama."
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