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Migrant Boat Crash Yesterday Deep in Darien Jungle

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Darien Isthmus

We passed about 16 boats full of migrants yesterday deep in the Darien jungle. One crashed and capsized similar to this painting. We had already passed the waving migrants and did not see them crash after we passed them. We were going upstream deeper into the jungle. They were going downstream toward United States, ultimately. Most appeared to be African or Haitian.

An Embera Indian who happened to come by the crash in his canoe told us about it when he caught up to us at Bajo Chiquito village. All migrants dumped when the small motor stopped. The current was fast and dangerous. Their canoe stuck on tree. Three migrants almost died including a child.

The piragua boats are same today as they were in this 1850 painting in Panama other than having small motors now. (1850, Chagres River, Panama)

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