Walking Through the Jungle of Fear -latimes.com

Poisonous snakes. Murderous rebels. Unscrupulous smugglers.

Many dangers await in the 60-mile section of dense rainforest along the Colombia-Panama border known as tImmigrantshe Darién Gap.

But for migrants from around the world trying to make it to America’s door, crossing through this stretch of jungle is their only hope.

In the second installment of our four-part series about this unprecedented migration, follow a young man who dodged snipers to escape from the African nation of Eritrea, then flew to Brazil, before embarking on a treacherous jungle hike.

The tattoo on his arm: “Never look back.”


Some 9,500 migrants without visas traveled through Colombia in the first half of 2016. This group crosses a river as they venture deeper into the jungle. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)