ACANDI, Colombia – At the Colombian coastal town of Necoclí, there is a store selling only boat tickets to cross the Gulf of Urabá — which acts as the bridge between South and Central America.
At $40 per person, the store sells out quickly. A worker tapes a piece of paper to the door announcing when there will be a ticket sale again. It’s in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
Other stores like it also can’t keep up with the demand. Nathalie Pierre, who was born in Haiti, managed to get tickets. She is traveling with a toddler and was waiting in line at the Necoclí port.