1 October, 2022

Three migrants drown on the border between Panama and Colombia

“Two adults and a minor of approximately 16 years, of Venezuelan and Colombian nationalities, unfortunately they lost their lives”, the SNM said in a statement. (Photo archive/courtesy)

 Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama – three migrants, among them a young Venezuelan woman drowned on Monday, after being dragged by the current of a river in an area of ​​the Guna Yala indigenous region in the Panamanian Caribbean bordering Colombia, informed the National Immigration Service (SNM).

The tragedy occurred when the three victims were near the Armila River and were surprised by the current, after which community residents and other migrants managed to rescue the bodies of an adult and a minor on the same day.

Photo: Courtesy.

“Two adults and a minor of approximately 16 years, of Venezuelan and Colombian nationalities, unfortunately they lost their lives”, the SNM said in a statement.

In 2021 when a record number of 133 thousand migrants across the border with Colombia, at least 50 foreigners of different nationalities died on the way, most drowned, authorities say.

photo file / courtesy

While, until july 2022 about 71 thousand migrants, mostly Venezuelans, entered Panama irregularly by sea, through trails, and the so-called "Darién Gap" exposing themselves to the dangers of the inhospitable jungle, criminal gangs, and wild animal attacks, according to the SNM.

The flow of undocumented migrants using Panama as a route to reach the United States has been on the rise after a drop in 2020 due to the closure of borders due to the pandemic, which caused thousands to be stranded without being able to reach their destination.