Dozens of African migrants are piling up in the border town of Los Chiles with the intention to cross to Nicaragua, for continuing north and then trying to enter into United States.
Most of these migrants come from countries such as Gabon, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They arrived by boat to Brazil from there took buses headed to Colombia, Panama, and then up to Costa Rica.
Migrants are stuck in Los Chiles because the Nicaraguan army and police have increased their presence on the border to prevent their pass.
They still can cross the border if they have $700 to pay coyotes for taking them across.
The brother Victor Treminio, a priest who works in a shelter for migrants, reported that they have taken care of 40 African migrants. But they don’t have space to accommodate more people and food supplies are running out.
In early May, the government of Costa Rican granted passage to some 600 Africans who had arrived at the border crossing with Panama. The only requirement demanded by the government to these migrants was to present themselves at immigration offices every 15 days.
Source: La Nación.