Hundreds of Cuban migrants are stranded in the border area of Panama

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  • Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:27
  • cubamanece.com

Hundreds of Cuban migrants seeking to reach the north of the Americas are stranded in the border area of Panama, whose security authorities are meeting to discuss the matter, said to Acan-Efe on Tuesday official sources.

Local television Telemetro showed on Tuesday images of migrants who are in the border area with Colombia and demand Panamanian authorities to let them pass to continue their journey to the north of the continent.

The Cubans, who could surpass the thousand according to the journalists sources, are in the localities of Puerto Obaldía, La Miel and Armigas, in the region Guna Yala, border with Colombia.

Official sources consulted by Acan-Efe assured that the security organizations were meeting on Tuesday to analyze the situation, and that they are expected to issue a statement.

They added that personnel from the Ministry of Health and the National Immigration Service are also involved in measures to address the situation on the border.

The Health Minister, Miguel Mayo, told local media on Tuesday that his office has doubled the human resources in Puerto Obaldía to provide medical care to 600 migrants who are there.

"People have to understand that we have to take care of them because they are human beings and by attending and vaccinating them we also protect our population", said the minister, and confirmed that so far two cases of malaria have been detected among migrants.

Thousands of Cubans in transit to the United States were stranded between the end of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 in Panama and Costa Rica, which managed to evacuate them through a special operation that had the support of Mexico.

The bottleneck in the countries of entry to Central America from the south of the continent occurred as a result of the decision of Nicaragua, in November 2015, to close its border.

However, thousands of illegal Caribbean and extracontinental migrants, from African and Asian countries, on their way to the United States, continue to arrive in Central America with the help of nets of human traffickers. 


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