The desperation caused by the dire humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is facing has prompted hundreds of migrants to walk long distances, cross difficult mountains with low temperatures and dangerous forests that threaten their lives. Venezuelans are currently the largest migratory population crossing the threatened Darien Forest, also known as the Helles Jungle. The region is located in the border areas between Panama and Colombia. The dense vegetation that characterizes the region has turned it into a favorable backdrop for the erratic passage of migrants in search of the long-awaited American dream and drug trafficking.
During the journey, women, men and children cross a dense tropical forest where terror strikes the body and they cling firmly to the desire to have a better life in the face of terrifying odds. In these, repeatedly dacoity, rape and many people die. This is accompanied by high temperatures, deadly hazards such as rivers, venomous snakes, attacks by wild animals and the presence of drug smugglers from the Gulf Cartel.
The path crossed in the Darien forest
It is common for passersby to find dead bodies under branches and mud during the journey. They also watch as helplessly as the other members of the group they travel with when the current of the river carries them away. It is in the area called “Loma de la Muerte” that they suffer the worst atrocities: they are the victims of very violent robberies, and according to migrants, this is where the rapes of women and children are most common.
According to the Panamanian National Border Service (Senafront), 4,442 migrants crossed Panama in January, of whom 1,153 were Venezuelans and 653 Haitians. In 2022, so far 28,079 Venezuelans have crossed the Darien Gap.
In recent days, about 100 Venezuelan migrants have been reported missing in the Darien jungle. His family has told that they are not able to talk to him.
According to Venezuela’s commissioner to the Secretary-General in the Organization of American States (OAS), David Smolanski, this impressive figure of disappearances adds to the Venezuelans killed in the Darien jungle. In recent weeks, four Venezuelans, including two minors, have died.
smolansky Express: “Venezuelans have surpassed Haitians, Cubans and Colombians as the largest migrant population to surpass the Darien in 2022. From January to May, it is estimated that 17,262 Venezuelan migrants and refugees have crossed that ‘plug’. hell on earth, Last year, at least 150,000 Venezuelans managed to enter the United States. The country is the main destination for Venezuelan migrants crossing the Darien jungle.,
likewise OAS Commissioner Added: “Castaway, Walker, and Hell of Darien are among the cruelest consequences left by a regime responsible for crimes against humanity. In addition to causing the fourth largest famine in the world. 6.2 million Venezuelans do not flee the country,
leader of the opposition Juan Guaidó pointed to order Nicolas Maduro As responsible for the tragedy of these Venezuela. The politician said:It is the Maduro dictatorship that has prompted Venezuelans to risk their lives Darren Woods, Every Venezuelan who died crossing the Darien, every heartbreaking testimony of a survivor is felt in the soul of a country suffering an unprecedented crisis in our region., this tragedy calls us To fight to save our country once again,
According to the Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V), about 6,150,000 people have left Venezuela since July 12. Of this number, 5,090,000 live in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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