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Crossing the Darien Gap

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The Darien Gap is a lawless wilderness on the border of Panama and Columbia that serves as an alternative to traditional pathways for migrants seeking entry into to the U.S.. It's full of drug traffickers, antigovernment Guerillas, and deadly snakes, and many of the hundreds of migrants who enter each year never emerge. In the August Issue of Outside, Jason Motlagh plunged in, risking robbery, kidnapping, and death to document one of the most harrowing treks on earth. This clip is a preview of an hour-long film that Australian newsmagazine Dateline will air on September 6 on Motlagh's expedition through the Gap, using footage shot by Motlagh and videographer Roger Arnold.