Denver Newsroom, Oct 13, 2022 / 15:00 pm
Bishop Hugo Torres Marín of Apartadó said Oct. 11 that there is a humanitarian crisis near the border with Panama as there are thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Darién jungle on their way to the United States.
For several days, thousands of migrants, many of them Venezuelans, have been arriving in the area of Colombia that lies across the Gulf of Urabá from Panama and are waiting in the town of Necoclí on the Colombian coast for the opportunity to cross by boat to Capurganá in Panama, and from there cross the Darien Gap on their way north to the U.S., a journey of more than 3,000 miles.
However, along the route they are exposed to theft, human trafficking, and death.
In response, the director general of Migration Colombia, Fernando García Manosalva, recently traveled to the Urabá region to review the situation in the Colombian towns of Carepa, Turbo, Apartadó, Necoclí, Acandí, and Capurganá, where there are about 8,000 migrants.