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Colombian fishermen rescue 94 Haitian migrants adrift at sea

Photo of the Haitian migrants who were rescued by Colombian fishermenimage copyrightColombian Navy
image captionFishermen rescued 94 Haitian migrants, 33 of them children

Colombian fishermen have rescued 94 Haitian migrants who were adrift on a motorboat in the Caribbean.

The migrants said they were trying to reach Panama but were abandoned at sea by people smugglers when the boat’s motor failed.

The fishermen towed the boat to a Colombian port from where the navy took the migrants to the city of Turbo.

Thousands of Haitians try to reach the United States via Colombia and Central America every year.

Colombian migration authorities say that they have deported 3,000 Haitians so far in 2020.

Many migrants from as far away as Africa risk their lives trying to cross by foot the dense jungle of the Darién Gap, which straddles the border between Colombia and Panama.

media captionThe Africans risking death in the jungle trying to reach the US

Because of the dangers of crossing the jungle on foot, some pay people smugglers to take them to Panama by boat.

The rescued migrants said that when the boat’s motor had failed, the people smuggler on board had called one of his associates who came to fetch him while leaving all the Haitians on board the faulty vessel.

Colombia’s migration authorities in Turbo will decide what happens next to the rescued migrants, among whom are 33 children.

Last year, 19 African migrants died off the coast of Colombia when the boat they were travelling in sank.

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