Cubans stranded in Haiti still cannot return home

Cubans stranded in Haiti still cannot return home

HAVANA, March 20. After Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla reported last week that more than 260 Cubans are stranded in Haiti, to date the authorities have not been able to return them home, and they are exposed to the climate of chaos and gang violence. that reigns in that Caribbean nation.

“Efforts continue to be made with the airline to guarantee his safe return to Cuba as soon as conditions allow,” Rodríguez Parrilla said in a tweet published on the social network X.

The chancellor affirmed that under these conditions the Cuban embassy in that nation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) are providing consular attention to Cuban residents and transit in Haiti, as well as to their family members who are in Cuba.

For his part, he explained that the Cuban ambassador to Haiti, Carlos Moya, arrived in Port-au-Prince from Santo Domingo via helicopter.

Regarding the medical brigade that provides services in that nation, he added that they work with limitations imposed by the insecurity conditions to which the country is exposed, as well as with essential personnel.

Cubans find themselves sheltered in rented houses, afraid to go out on the streets and without knowing when they will be able to return to the island.

Many arrived in the country between February 24 and 26 and had a date to return to Cuba on March 29, 1 and 4, but the unrest has not allowed their return.

On February 29, a plane bound for Cuba was hit by bullets at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, in an attack by armed groups.

The plane that was prepared to fly to Cuba was hit by gunfire in a series of events that put airport authorities and the local population on alert.

Two weeks ago, chaos reached new levels after Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry agreed to resign, as part of an agreement negotiated by regional and international governments to install a transitional council that will eventually elect a new transitional prime minister.

Some prominent gang leaders have rejected the plan, saying it does not represent the will of the Haitian people; and have threatened more violence to oppose that mechanism.