14ymedio, Havana, 24 August 2016 — The Government of Costa Rica returned a group of 56 Cuban migrants to Panama, according to a report in the local press on Tuesday. The Cubans, including an eight-year-old boy and a woman eight months pregnant were taken to the capital where the Catholic charity Caritas will care for them until the government decides their future.
Sietnel Candañedo, a member of Pastoral Caritas of Chiriqui, explained to the newspaper La Prensa that the migrants have no money, nor any place to stay and that they need “urgent” help with personal hygiene items, canned food, water, drinks, disposable cutlery and milk for children.
The Cubans allegedly entered Panama through Colombian’s Darien jungle. In the the last three weeks several migrants have traveled from Panama City to Chiriqui hoping to cross the border to continue their journey to the United States.