Panama- The Ombudsman of Panama said this Friday that they arrived in panama after crossing the Darien, the dangerous natural border with Colombiathe same number of people who did it in all 2021when the historical number of 133,726 irregular migrants in transit to North America.
“Today the figures equal the same number (of travelers) at the end of 2021”said the Ombudsman in a statement announcing a meeting, this Friday, of its head, Eduardo Leblan, and his Colombian colleague, Carlos Camargo, to followr looking for ways to guarantee “the safe stepof this population.
According to data from National Immigration Service (SNM), up to Thursday at 6:30 local time (11:30 GMT) a total of 132,153 irregular migrants had entered Panama through the Darien route.
only the Thursday “2,416 migrants entered, mostly Venezuelans, Haitians, Ecuadorians and Colombians”specified Leblanc’s statement, which stressed that Panama “is the only country that keeps statistics or biometric figures by which the number of migrants entering national territory is known.”
While the last year the great majority of irregular migrants were Haitians, East 2022 are the Venezuelans those who cross the most – 80,000 so far this year, according to the National Migration Service (SNM) – all bound for North America, especially the United States
Panama welcomes irregular travelers in migratory reception stations (ERM) located in your border with Colombia (south) and with Costa Rica (north), where they take their biometric datayes they receive feeding Y medical care, in a unique operation in the region that consumes millions of dollars annually, as the government said.
DEATH STALKS MIGRANTS IN MOBILITY IN THE JUNGLE
According to data provided to Efe, this Friday by Senafront, in so far this year they have dead at least 26 migrants when they crossed the Darien, a journey of 266 kilometers through thick, dangerous and inhospitable jungle.
One of those cases is the murder, this week, of a 6-year-old Venezuelan minor when armed men assaulted a group of migrants in the jungle.
The alleged perpetrators of the death of the minor and to cause a bullet wound on your cheekbone dad, also national of Venezuelawould Venezuelans, Colombians Y Panamaniansaccording to the testimony of the survivor, said this Friday the director of the Senafront, Oriel Ortega.
“We are going to capture these people (…) we condemn this vile act, cowardly. How is it possible that on top of robbing these defenseless human beings, they attack them using firearms”said the head of the agency in charge of border security in an interview with the local network TVN.
Ortega explained thats members of this “criminal” group offer aid to migrants for cross the jungle and then they commit their “misdeeds”.
But most of the deceased this year in the jungle they drowned. Between the victims there are many nationals of countries of Asia and Africa that they are not familiar with mighty rivers like those of darien, Ortega explained.
“There are times when we find bones or corpses in an advanced state of decomposition and they are buried at the site of the route, but they are marked with georeferenced GPS systems,” he added.
In July past, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned that in what it was from year 192 migrants had died during his transit by Central America and Mexico.
The Darien jungle is considered one of the most dangerous migration routes of worldboth for their own wild environment as for the presence of armed groups.
Migrants denounce that they suffer assaults and sexual assaults by criminals in the jungle, some of whom have already been arrested and convicted in Panama, according to authorities. EFE
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