The Darién Gap is a lawless wilderness on the border of Colombia and Panama, teeming with everything from deadly snakes to antigovernment guerrillas. The region also sees a flow of migrants from Cuba, Africa, and Asia, whose desperation sends them on perilous journeys to the U.S. Jason Motlagh plunged in, risking robbery, kidnapping, and death to document one of the world’s most harrowing treks.
This clip is a preview of an hour-long film that Australian newsmagazine Dateline will air on September 6 on Jason Motlagh's expedition through the Darien Gap, using footage shot by Motlagh and videographer Roger Arnold.
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