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  • This is the Darien Gap, one of the most dangerous and remote forests in the world, and the border between Colombia and Panama.

  • Here you'll find glimpses of paradise amongst the wilderness.

  • On the Colombian side, The region has been controlled by guerilla and paramilitary groups who profit from extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking.

  • Recently, this border has seen another type of crisis.

  • Thousands of migrants from all over the world awaiting their chance to cross the jungle.

  • They come from Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, but also many countries of Africa.

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  • Yeah, Lonnie and led.

  • You are from Cuba.

  • They're trying to get to the U S.

  • Like them, thousands of migrants pass through here every year.

  • Despite the risks, it entails a unnoticed.

  • That's how many of these immigrants feel.

  • It's impossible to know how many crosses here or how many die on route now with the pandemic, the border between Colombia and Panama is closed.

  • There's no sign of humanitarian or state organizations here.

  • So the future of these people completely depends on those who can cash in by helping them cross illegally.

  • For at least 15 years, immigrants have been departing from this beach onto the Darien, where they cross the border to Panama.

  • They don't have access to a room to water to a toilet.

  • Here, people travel from all over South America to these two cities.

  • From here, it's a 2 to 7 hour boat, right, And then up to 20 days of trekking through dense jungle towards North America.

  • Okay, so here at the other side of the Gulf is where the migrants start their journey onto the Darien and they come in a tourist boat, which is the same that we came in.

  • But they are charged three times the price, and then the police is there, and there are locals that host them through the jungles.

  • The jungle there, led by coyotes like this man with the red cap.

  • He's telling them when to start the journey.

  • Ali Ali Ali, these two young men on motor bike shouted them to hurry up.

  • And this is the last sort of piece of civilization that immigrants are going to see for at least a week.

  • Now they're going to the Darien jungle.

  • The coyotes seem to be controlled by the so called gland, illegal for one of the most powerful armed groups in the country with around 3000 soldiers.

  • But the army captain tells me illegal migration isn't the only thing they're keeping taps on.

  • Narrator Handy to significant Eva the uniform and be in control as active es que sera commercials like, uh, legally on a regular.

  • Just a few days before we met, they rescued a dingy with people on board, including Children.

  • Cemeteries like this one, it is increasingly common to see graves of those who drowned while trying to cross the Darien.

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  • From an important part of the Latino a study.

  • Let's talk about, you know, this journey can be deadly, but hundreds of people embark on it every day.

  • They feel that the risk is worth it.

  • It means they might reach the U.

  • S and start a new life.

This is the Darien Gap, one of the most dangerous and remote forests in the world, and the border between Colombia and Panama.

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