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Migrants from Haiti get caught on a crevasse along the Acandiseco river, Colombia. Carlos Villalón for NPR hide caption

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A once-remote patch of rainforest is now packed with migrants trying to reach the U.S.

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Omar Vivó, a 45-year-old Cuban migrant, in Necoclí, Colombia in September, on his more than 3,000-mile journey to the U.S. Next Vivó made his way to the Darién Gap to trek on foot through the jungle to the Panama border. Carlos Villalón for NPR hide caption

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He left Cuba for the U.S., and wound up trekking through 60 miles of dangerous jungle

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Haitian migrants in Necoclí, Colombia, walk toward boats that will take them to the town of Acandí, across the Gulf of Urabá. The boats can't keep up with the number of Haitians looking to travel from Colombia through the jungle to Panama to eventually reach the U.S. Carlos Villalón for NPR hide caption

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Thousands of Haitians prepare to trek through Panama's jungle and on to the U.S.

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A pair of men wearing masks — but neglecting social distancing guidelines — wait for public transportation in Peru's capital, Lima. The country recently urged men and women to leave their homes only on separate days, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi toast after signing a joint statement on establishing diplomatic relations in June 2017 in Beijing. Greg Baler/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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China Lures Taiwan's Latin American Allies

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Dario Garcia, who lives in Panama, volunteers to visit people who are HIV-positive to see whether they are taking their medications. Garcia himself is HIV-positive. "I feel alone," he says. "I believe the most support I have now is from others who have been diagnosed." Jacob McCleland for NPR hide caption

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What's Behind The Alarming Spike In HIV Infections In Panama?

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Why It Might Not Be A Good Idea To Wipe Out Vampire Bats

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U.S. troops man a roadblock on Dec. 26, 1989, in Panama City, preventing access to the Vatican Embassy where Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was holed up. The U.S. forces played loud rock music in an attempt to bring Noriega out. He surrendered on Jan. 3, 1990. AP hide caption

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The Caribbean Tradition, an appetizer made with pickled pig's feet, chiriqui beans, and puffed pork skin, at Donde Jose. Chef Carles calls it his version of a ceviche. Kait Bolongaro for NPR hide caption

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A woman builds a fire at a migrant camp on the Costa Rica-Panama border. The area has seen a recent surge of migrants coming from Africa, hoping to make it to the U.S. Rolando Arrieta/NPR hide caption

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Via Cargo Ships and Jungle Treks, Africans Dream Of Reaching The U.S.

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The head of the Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Quijano, center, opens the main valve to allow water into the flood chambers on the new set of locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal in June 2015. The expansion of the canal, making it wider and deeper to accommodate larger ships, has taken nearly a decade. It opens next month. Tito Herrera/AP hide caption

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A Wider, Deeper Panama Canal Prepares To Open Its Locks

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Panama's economy, expected to grow by 6 percent this year, is a bright spot in Latin America. Many Panamanians believe their country has been unfairly tarnished by the Panama Papers revelations. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Panama Papers Fallout Hurts A Reputation Panama Thought It Had Fixed

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Panamanian salsa singer Ruben Blades waves to the crowd before performing during the final round of Tango Salon competition at the 8th Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 30, 2010. MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images) Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cuban President Raul Castro and President Obama shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday. It was the first substantive talk between leaders of the two countries in more than five decades. Pool/Scott Horsley hide caption

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A family swims in Lake Nicaragua, which will encompass nearly half of the proposed canal's 172-mile route. Environmentalists worry that oil spills, pollution and dredging will destroy the country's largest supply of fresh water. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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A Chinese Man, A $50 Billion Plan And A Canal To Reshape Nicaragua

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