Colombian refugees caught in crossfire in Panama jungle

The Latin American Herald Tribune reports that a jungle area on the border of Panama and Colombia has been the scene of fierce battles between law enforcement officers and guerrillas.

Panamanian border patrol officers killed three suspected Colombian guerrillas several weeks ago in the Darien jungle. The dense Darien jungle, which serves as the border between Panama and Colombia, has been used for years by illegal armed groups, drug traffickers, arms smugglers and people traffickers despite an increased presence of the security forces in the region.

Tragically, the Panamanian government continues a policy of confining thousands of Colombian refugees to this same dangerous stretch of the Darien jungle in what has been called camp without services. For more information, please read Jesuit Refugee Service/USA’s Spotlight on Colombian refugees in legal limbo in Panama.

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