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In pictures: Migrants traverse the deadly last stretch of Darien jungle

Updated : 2019-06-01 13:35:13

After trekking for days from Colombia, migrants heading towards the US arrive at Bajo Chiquito. It's a place to rest, seek sustenance, communicate with loved ones to let them know they're OK and recover their strength, but ahead lies one last trek to safety by boat or by foot.

Migrants travel on a dangerously overloaded boat, on the Tuquesa river on their way to Peñitas, from Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Migrants travel on a dangerously overloaded boat, on the Tuquesa river on their way to Peñitas, from Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A group of Embera indigenous children play on a boat while swimming in Tuquesa river, in Darien province, Panama. A handful of indigenous villages dot the riverbanks of the Tuquesa and Chucunaque rivers, used by migrants on the end of their trek through the Darien gap on their way north. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A group of Embera indigenous children play on a boat while swimming in Tuquesa river, in Darien province, Panama. A handful of indigenous villages dot the riverbanks of the Tuquesa and Chucunaque rivers, used by migrants on the end of their trek through the Darien gap on their way north. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A migrant carrying a girl walks near the Tuquesa river, in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said last week that at least 4,000 migrants were in Bajo Chiquito, Penitas and in western Panama near Costa Rica, the next stop on the road north to the United States. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A migrant carrying a girl walks near the Tuquesa river, in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said last week that at least 4,000 migrants were in Bajo Chiquito, Penitas and in western Panama near Costa Rica, the next stop on the road north to the United States. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A flashlight beam points to a dead snake in a field near in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A flashlight beam points to a dead snake in a field near in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Cuban migrant Alexis Bello Vargas is carried by fellow migrants after he was shot in the leg, in Peñitas, Darien province, Panama. Bello said that as his group walked in the jungle they were intercepted by a group of armed thieves, who opened fire on them after stealing what was left of their meagre belongings and wounding him in the leg. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Cuban migrant Alexis Bello Vargas is carried by fellow migrants after he was shot in the leg, in Peñitas, Darien province, Panama. Bello said that as his group walked in the jungle they were intercepted by a group of armed thieves, who opened fire on them after stealing what was left of their meagre belongings and wounding him in the leg. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A migrant from Cameroon rolls up his mattress in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. The migrants wait about 10 days in Bajo Chiquito for a two-hour boat trip to their next stop on their way north, the village of Peñitas. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A migrant from Cameroon rolls up his mattress in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. The migrants wait about 10 days in Bajo Chiquito for a two-hour boat trip to their next stop on their way north, the village of Peñitas. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A Haitian woman reaches the shore after wading across the Tuquesa river, holding her child, in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. About 1,000 migrants mostly from Haiti, Cuba and African or South Asian nations were in Bajo Chiquito. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A Haitian woman reaches the shore after wading across the Tuquesa river, holding her child, in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. About 1,000 migrants mostly from Haiti, Cuba and African or South Asian nations were in Bajo Chiquito. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Two migrant women wade across the Tuquesa river as they arrive after a trip on foot through the jungle to Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. About 100 migrants leave Bajo Chiquito each day for the village of Penitas, the next stop on their way north. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Two migrant women wade across the Tuquesa river as they arrive after a trip on foot through the jungle to Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. About 100 migrants leave Bajo Chiquito each day for the village of Penitas, the next stop on their way north. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
The photo shows an aerial view of the Tuquesa river as it winds down into the jungle from Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. Migrants travel by boat or follow on foot along the shore of the river to their next stop on their way north. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
The photo shows an aerial view of the Tuquesa river as it winds down into the jungle from Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. Migrants travel by boat or follow on foot along the shore of the river to their next stop on their way north. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Indigenous children play on the Tuquesa river, Darien province, Panama.(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Indigenous children play on the Tuquesa river, Darien province, Panama.(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A police officer count migrants in a boat that will navigate the Tuquesa river on their way to Peñitas, in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. According to border police, at least a dozen migrants, likely more, have been killed recently by fast-rising rivers elsewhere in Darien. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
A police officer count migrants in a boat that will navigate the Tuquesa river on their way to Peñitas, in Bajo Chiquito, Darien province, Panama. According to border police, at least a dozen migrants, likely more, have been killed recently by fast-rising rivers elsewhere in Darien. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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