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by John Yeo

  Gupta and Jai were fellow travellers who travelled over 10,000 miles from Northern India to reach Panama, leaving behind their families and friends. They had endured damp steaming dense tropical jungles between Colombia and Panama. Linking Central and South America, the Darién Gap is one of the most dangerous jungles in the world, filled with deadly wildlife and guerrilla fighters. It is between 100 km and 160 km of lawless, hazardous wilderness. Gupta had a black belt in Karate, a useful skill, especially when they had fought with a small group of bandits as they crossed through the infamous gap. Jai, an officer in the Indian army, was a technology expert. They were now in the centre of Panama City enjoying coffee with some friendly Panamanian students. The good life beckoned. 

Then the ironic announcement….

   ‘Due to the medical emergency, the borders are now sealed, travel is strictly forbidden.’

(150 WORDS)

Panama City skyline

© Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

Word count: 150. Written for this week’s What Pegman Saw  writing challenge. Every week, Pegman takes us to a new place on Google maps, and we get to search around for whatever sights catch our fancy. 

This week Pegman takes us to the isthmus of Panama,

Information from the web

  The estimated number of migrants is thought to be 100,000 per year. Half of the migrants come from India, and many others come from Cuba, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Eritrea. In 2017, migrants crossing into Panama also included people from Iraq, Sierra Leone, Yemen, Angola, and around 30 other countries.

Panama  has taken some of the toughest measures in the region to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The country has banned all domestic and international travel. It has shut down airports and — after a March 22 deadline — prevented even Panamanian citizens from traveling to the country.

8 thoughts on “THE JOURNEY’S END

  1. Nice, enjoyed this. I lived in Panama when I was a kid – the jungle came right up to our house. To walk a hundred yards through the dense vegetation could take an hour. You story brings back that feeling.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks For your great feedback Bill. That must have been quite an interesting experience actually living next to the Panamanian jungle. Wow! I can only dream of visiting now, during this pandemic that’s raging all over the world.😊

    • I agree Penny, it’s supposed to be one of the most dangerous places on earth. The magnetic appeal of a better life must be really strong to encourage the refugees to attempt to get through there.

    • I think they were probably in for a long stay in Panama, even after the lockdown restrictions were lifted Karen. It’s a never ending heartbreaking world for some of these refugees.

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