August 12, 2020

Desperation and violence in Panama migrant camp

La Peñita (Panama) (AFP) – Desperation is palpable in La Penita, an indigenous community in the Panamanian jungle province of Darien where 1,500 migrants have been blocked by the coronavirus pandemic from heading towards the United States.Many of the migrants come from Haiti and Cuba, but some hail from as far afield as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cameroon and the Congo.The situation is tense: burnt-out tents are testimony to a recent protest by migrants demanding they be allowed to continue on their journey towards Mexico and eventually the US.But Central American borders are closed due to the …


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