10-year-old Venezuelan girl drowns in the Darien Jungle

A 10-year-old Venezuelan girl drowned in the Darién Jungle while trying to cross a river with her mother and aunt.

The tragic event occurred last Monday, when the minor was swept away by the strong currents of a river in a mountainous area in the Darién Gap, on her journey to the United States with her family.

Agents of the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) of Panama recovered the body of the little girl and rescued the two women who were with her alive.

“The constant patrols allowed units of the special forces brigade to find the location, in the mountainous area of ​​Tacartí, of the body of a minor of 10 years of Venezuelan nationality who unfortunately died due to immersion,” said Dany Villarreal, head of the eastern brigade of the institution, in a video on Twitter.

The video shows how the body of the little girl is transferred from the area by helicopter to a place to start the legal procedures for her repatriation.

Panamanian authorities confirmed that so far this year, at least 14 Venezuelans have died crossing the Darien Jungle.

Until August, the National Migration Service (SNM) of Panama counted 102,067 migrants who crossed the Darién, of which 68,575 were Venezuelans.

This last figure is 23 times higher than that recorded throughout 2021.

Venezuelans are now the main nationality crossing the Darién jungle to try to reach the United States irregularly, followed by Haitians.

Cubans rank third in the statistics of migrants who passed through the dangerous area in the first seven months of 2022.

In that period, a total of 3,133 Cubans crossed the Darién Gap. The month with the highest number of cases was July, with 574, and the one with the least was February, with 334.

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