5 Ghanaians Die In South America Trying To Get To USA
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, five
Ghanaians have died while trying to cross the Colombia-Panama border
in South America. The five were part of a group of migrants, which
included two other Ghanaians and 28 other foreign nationals, who
were intent on crossing into the United States.
The statement did not mention what caused their deaths, except
to say that similar deaths occur on the Panama-Mexico route
Travel through Central America is a long and extremely hazardous
route to try and cross illegally into the US.
Migrants beginning in Brazil must survive the dangers of the
Amazon rainforest, then get through Colombia, where drug cartels
do not take kindly to people passing through their territories.
They then have to cross into Panama, then Costa Rica, Nicaragua,
Honduras, Guatemala, and finally into Mexico.
Drug cartels, gangs, local police and militaries, and the many
hazards of the wild natural environment make the journey through
South and Central America difficult and dangerous in the
Nevertheless, each year thousands of Africans risk their lives
along this route and other dangerous routes trying to gain entry
to the US and Europe.
Currently, about 80 Ghanaians are believed to be in the forests
of Colombia trying to cross into Panama with the hope of
eventually entering the US.