Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Panama: Three migrants drown at border with Colombia

PANAMA ( Associated Press) – Three Venezuelan migrants, including a 16-year-old girl, drowned while bathing in an area of ​​the Guna Yala indigenous region in the Caribbean bordering Colombia. Panama’s National Immigration Service on Tuesday.

The teenager and two men, a Colombian and a Venezuelan, were near the mouth of the Armilla River when they were shocked by the strong current. The organization said residents of the community, along with other migrants, managed to retrieve the bodies of the Colombian and the minor the day before, while Venezuelans were rescued on Tuesday.

Thousands of migrants cross North America in transit, through the Guna Yala region and adjacent Darien province. This route is considered quite dangerous due to the inaccessible nature of the area, its mighty rivers, snakes and rare police presence. NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders have been urging for a safer route to this erratic flow that has been going on for more than a decade.

According to officials, so far this year, 18 migrants have died while transiting through the border area, out of which 13 people died due to drowning, while the cause of death of others is unknown. In 2021, only 50 dead migrants were reported.

More than 50,000 migrants have so far transited through reception stations in 2022, which officials have set up in Darien, in a flow that reached a historic record in 2021 with 133,000 people transiting, mostly from Haiti. That flow is now dominated by Venezuela, according to officials.

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