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Panama warns increase of migrant children

Panama City, May 28 (Prensa Latina) According to media reports, nowadays, the situation of illegal child migrants passing through Panama's dangerous Darien jungle on their way to the United States is even more alarming.

Statistics of the National Migration Service (SNM) quoted by La Prensa newspaper show that 101,000 children have used this route in the last five years.

The underages sometimes enter this dangerous strip of jungle on the border with Colombia alone, according to these reports.

The latest case of this type was reported on May 20 by the SNM, when a minor was abandoned during the crossing. In this regard, the director of the Secretariat of Childhood, Adolescence and Family, Graciela Mauad, stressed that when minors arrive in Darien, they require psychosocial support and medical attention to treat gastrointestinal diseases, fever, wounds and dehydration.


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