Now African refugees have joined the grim trek to the US border

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Now African refugees have joined the grim trek to the US border

As immigration controls tighten in Europe, Africans' American dream often turns into a nightmare

Deborah Bonello

Hobbling from snake bites, men and women traversing one of the world’s most dangerous stretches of jungle are abandoned to their fate. Corpses float by in the brown churn of the angry river.

In the heart of the Darién Gap between Colombia and Panama there is no time to wait for the incapacitated, the infirm or those not strong enough to push on.

“The only thing you can do is help yourself,” says Tangie Sule, 29, shaking his head as he recalls the days and months he spent on one of the world’s most extraordinary migration journeys. The route from South to North America is well trodden by those seeking a new life in the US. But 2019 has seen a sharp rise in migrants from an entirely different continent...

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