Colombian ombudsman Carlos Camargo asked for humanitarian corridors for migrants to cross the region following the sinking of a boat in the sea of the Urabá Gulf, killing three migrants and five missing.
In an interview with Caracol Radio, Camargo insisted that it is important, in coordination with the government of Panama, to look for solutions to enable the departure of more than 500 migrants per day.
The goal, as he explained, is that migrants can continue their journey safely and guarantee their human rights. “We celebrate that all authorities and institutions join forces,” he added.
As for the shipwreck, Camargo has stated that it was an “illegal boat” that departed because of the migrants’ “desperation”. There were 30 people – Cubans, Haitians and Venezuelans – of whom 21 were rescued, including five minors. Of the five missing, three are children. The migrants tried to get to Panama.
The shipwreck occurred when 22,000 migrants waited on the beaches of Necoclí for boats to continue their journey to Capurganá and later through the jungle from Darién Gap towards the Colombian border with Panama. This is the second incident involving migrant boats in less than a week. Six days ago, Colombian authorities rescued 47 people who were shipwrecked in the Urabá Gulf.