a mother a daughter a deadly journey an update

This week, The Daily is revisiting some of our favorite episodes of the year and checking in on what has happened in the time since they first ran.

With mountains, intense mud, fast-running rivers and thick rainforest, the Darién Gap, a strip of terrain connecting South and Central America, is one of the most dangerous places on the planet.

Over the past few years, there has been an enormous increase in the number of migrants passing through the perilous zone in the hopes of getting to the United States.

Today, we hear the story of one family that’s risking everything to make it across.


Julie Turkewitz, the Andes bureau chief for The New York Times

A tropical forest with a few people walking uphill on a dirt road through it.
For decades, the Darién was considered so perilous that only a few thousand dared to cross it each year. Today, it is a traffic jam.Federico Rios for The New York Times

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Julie Turkewitz contributed reporting.

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