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Second Abandoned African Child at Colombian Airport


African minor was abandoned at El Dorado airport
African minor was abandoned at El Dorado airport- Credit: Colombia Migration

Authorities in Colombia have reported a distressing incident at Bogota’s El Dorado Airport, where another abandoned African child, a 13-year-old boy, was found alone and disoriented. This case, similar to a recent event, raises concerns about the welfare of minors in transit. The boy, whose identity remains undisclosed, was discovered in a common area of the airport by security personnel. Details regarding his arrival at the airport and his legal guardians are currently unknown. Colombian authorities are actively investigating to identify the minor and understand the circumstances of his abandonment.

Identifying the Challenges Faced by Minors in Transit

This incident at Colombia’s El Dorado International Airport is indicative of a broader issue concerning abandoned minors, particularly from regions like Africa and Asia. Experts believe that these occurrences may be linked to families seeking improved living conditions and economic opportunities, prompting them to undertake risky journeys. To combat this issue, efforts are being intensified, including collaborations with international organizations and the implementation of strategies to prevent future cases of abandonment.

Previous Incidents and Ongoing Efforts

In a related case at El Dorado Airport, a young African girl was found abandoned after entering Colombia from Turkey with two other individuals who later left her behind. She spent ten days in the airport, relying on food from travelers, until security personnel discovered her. Colombia Migration responded swiftly, transferring her to the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). The ICBF has initiated an Administrative Process for Restoration of Rights for the girl, placing her in a protective institution. As authorities work to establish the causes of these abandonments, they face the challenge of managing increasing migratory flows. The Colombian government is committed to ensuring the safety and rights of these vulnerable minors, recognizing the need for a comprehensive and compassionate response to such complex humanitarian situations.

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