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The dangerous tri-border area

LGF has linked to a few stories on the tri-border area where Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil meet. It's pretty lawless, and has become host to Hezbollah and other Islamist groups. In my younger days, I did a bit of travelling and once found myself in that wretched hive of scum and villainy. I blogged about it on my old blog, Moving Target:

During my stay here, I´ve often been mute during many of the conversations going on around me. Knowing no Spanish will do that. But I still manage to have a pretty good idea what´s going on. For example, this afternoon we were driving through this city with a driver we hired back in Argentina. He was going to help us get over to Paraguay. When we parked near the bridge and started walking, I figured we were going to hike over it. Then someone pushed a helmet into my hands and pointed to the back end of a motorcycle. Wait a second, did I miss something?

The next thing I knew, I´m blowing through the crowded market and heading across the bridge in a moto-cab. This guy is dodging cars, trucks and other motorcycles and I´m hanging on to him. This is insane. We come to the border control and don´t even slow down, not that anyone seems to care. And then I was in Ciudad Del Este.

The story concludes here, and pictures can be found here (December 11, 2003).


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