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Migrants waiting for a boat to take them from the Indigenous community of Canaán Mebrillo to Puerto Limón, Panama, after a days-long walk across de Darien Gap, May 2022.

Migrants Crossing a Dangerous Area Need Panama’s Help

A 37-year-old Haitian woman lay on a wooden table in the Panamanian side of the Darien Gap, a jungle on the Colombia-Panama border. Her 3-year-old son shivered next to her. Several Cuban doctors, who were also crossing the border, helped her deliver her baby with improvised medical supplies, as prosecutors and border patrol agents watched from a distance. There were no French interpreters, so one of my Human Rights Watch colleagues helped.

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