This week, we look at a dangerous passage through the jungles of Latin America that thousands of people cross every year to reach safety: the Darién gap.

But first, take a look at the recent developments regarding our emergency response operation in the Caribbean following Hurricane Beryl.

TSF teams immediately deployed to Grenada and Jamaica to deliver emergency telecom and support alongside the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination unit.
A team is present in Carriacou, one of the most affected islands by the hurricane, to assess and respond to the connectivity needs.

The Darien Gap

What is the Darién Gap?

The “Darién gap” is a sixty-mile zone at the crossroads of South and Central America. The number of irregular entries in the Darien province in 2023 was the highest in history, as men, women and children take this journey hoping to find safety away from their homes. However many are not fully aware of the dangers of the Darién Gap.

“We don't know how many people have died there. It's all about survival. Imagine your worst nightmare: 10 times worse. That's the Darien. No one is ever going to tell you anything good about their experience there. No one.”

Gabriela, 52 years old, Honduran woman in a Mexican migrant shelter

Why is information important for those who cross the Darién?

People crossing the Darién gap place access to essential information and the internet immediately after clothing, food and healthcare. Some are looking for reliable information and safe, alternative routes, while others are trying to find mental health support after being attacked or assaulted. 

In Latin America, TSF provides mental health content in shelters and various routes so that people can make informed decisions. Read more in this article.

In case you missed it: 

TSF’s Annual Report

See you next week!