Every day, nearly 3,000 canoes cross the Oyapock River, which serves as the natural demarcation in South America between Brazil and French Guiana. The banks of the river are the scene of trafficking, illegal immigration and illegal gold panning. Residents are playing cat and mouse with the Border Police, who are doing their best to monitor people’s comings and goings. The Covid-19 pandemic should have meant an airtight closure of the border. On the contrary, it showed more than ever how uncontrollable this border is. Report by Fanny Lothaire and Laura Damase of FRANCE 24, with Séverine Bardon and Olivier Marzin.
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