UNICEF: Increasing the number of migrant children crossing the Darien Abyss

PANAMA CITY – The number of migrant children who crossed the insidious abyss of Darien between Colombia and Panama has increased, the UN Children’s Fund said on Friday.

UNICEF announced that in May 2021, 500 children were spotted crossing the jungle trail. But in May 2022, that number rose to 2,000.

The fund estimates that about 5,000 children have passed Darien Gap so far this year. Expressed by wild animals, swollen rivers, rugged terrain and thieves, the abyss takes many lives.

Gene Goff, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said: “It’s the middle of the rainy season and our teams on the ground are seeing a huge increase in boys, girls and teenagers who risk their lives and go through the jungle at worst. weather conditions.”

The total number of migrants crossing the land bridge between South and North America has doubled, with about 32,000 so far this year, from 16,000 in 2021.

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