In Record Numbers, Venezuelans Risk a Deadly Trek to the U.S. Border

DARIÉN GAP, Panama — Olga Ramos trekked for days through the jungle, crossing rivers, scaling mountains and carrying a diapered child through mud so deep it threatened to swallow them whole.

Along the way, she fell several times, passed a disabled child having a panic attack and saw the body of a dead man, his hands bound and tied to his neck.

Yet, like tens of thousands of other Venezuelans traversing this wild, roadless route known as the Darién Gap, Ms. Ramos believed that she would…

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