Cubans land in South Sound seeking help

| 28/08/2014

(CNS): A group of sixteen Cuban migrants in makeshift overcrowded vessel sailed into South Sound on Thursday morning in desperate need of food, water and shade for their boat, according to local reports. Government officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that immigration officers had gone to the location where the eleven men and five women had docked. Officials said the migrants were in Cayman Brac earlier this week and two of the Cubans had previously repatriated from Cayman in January.

It was still not clear Thursday evening whether or not the migrants have elected to press on with the treacherous journey or were being detained at the Fairbanks Centre awaiting repatriation.

With migrants from Cuba still commonly passing through Cayman and many being forced to disembark, the recent problems with repatriation have caused problems for the detention centre over security.

Government officials are reportedly due to meet with Cuban officials next month to address the repatriation programme and find ways to speed things along.

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  1. Castor says:

    Rendering assistance at sea for those in peril has been a moral code and obligation since people first ventured out on it.Shame on Cayman, there is a moral code highe than  MOU!

  2. Mitzie Tomlinson says:

    i think the police and IMG should look the other way and let us give them Water and Food, One day it could be there People. I am Sad for them. Mitzie Tomlinson

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would risk arrest and give them the food and water.  God is my judge.

  4. Desperate says:

    With them its if we choose to stay in Cayman they will send us back to Cuba. But if we venture the seas we risk our lives but its a risk worth taking.

  5. Anonymous says:

    People came with water and food but were told we could'nt give it to them. I don't understand with this Human Right s…, you can let a cold blooded murderer out but can't fee these people who are just trying to make a better life for themselves?????

    • Anonymous says:

      Don't let the rules get in the way of common sense and decency.

      • Anonymous says:

        Had nothing to do with common sense and decency when the boat is moored beyond reach!!! and the police and immigration are standing blocking your way…. 

      • anonymous says:

        Or a load of laws from the school of making up bullcrap!

    • UHUHUH says:

      I am compelled to ask which "IDIOT" would give a thumbs down to "People came with water and"?

      Just goes to show how inhumane some people are! And how ridiculously inane the dictum adopted by our government which prohibits the people of the these Islands from assisting those poor people who are risking their lives, desperately seeking a better life. I would like  the authorities to know, that if "I" find any refugees who are in need of water or food and I am able to assist them I "WILL" not hesitate to do just that, even if it means being arrested.

      Did you know that what we are doing or "not doing" for these poor souls is in violation of International Human rights, yet we hear nothing from all the those who profess to be children of The Living God. But nothing surprises me, when I see the $millions handed to, and is accepted by some religious groups to erect oversized churches that sit unfinished for years, but we cant find a house for the family of Ms. Anna Evans!! UHUHUH.

    • UHUHUH says:

      I am compelled to ask which "IDIOT" would give a thumbs down to "People came with water and"?

      Just goes to show how inhumane some people are! And how ridiculously inane the dictum adopted by our government which prohibits the people of the these Islands from assisting those poor people who are risking their lives, desperately seeking a better life. I would like  the authorities to know, that if "I" find any refugees who are in need of water or food and I am able to assist them I "WILL" not hesitate to do just that, even if it means being arrested.

      Did you know that what we are doing or "not doing" for these poor souls is in violation of International Human rights, yet we hear nothing from all the those who profess to be children of The Living God. But nothing surprises me, when I see the $millions handed to, and is accepted by some religious groups to erect oversized churches that sit unfinished for years, but we cant find a house for the family of Ms. Anna Evans!! UHUHUH.

    • Anonymous says:

      They will get food etc if they agree to be deported…so it is not our fault that they want to risk their lives and continue on at sea.  Cayman has international obligations that we need to abide by. 

    • anonymous says:

      Bollockz. Ask whoever quoted that bull to identify the law and section as I guarantee they will not know. There isn't one, even if it could be found or made up it is still superseded by the FCO Cuba MOU and any other areas covered by Bill of rights and the international maritime laws.  Question these people and ask for a copy of the law! 

    • Anonymous says:

      People came with water and food . Can you say who told the people they could not give these poor Cuban PEOPLE food and water ,which they were in desprate need of . If  this person or officer or goverment that made this rule or law , should be exposed  to  the whole world for been so INHUMANE . GOD DONT LIKE UGLY .

      • Anonymous says:

        To all those questioning who say we can't give them water and food…the police and immigration states it…supposively there is a law stating this….so..you can come with all you want but they will stop you from giving it to the people unless you have a boat and give it to them by sea which would be great if you had a boat or someone with a boat would do that

        • anonymous says:

          It is something immigration made up and has been passed around as a rumour so much that people believe it is true. Ask them what law you break?