US coastguards renewed at Cap-Haitien (North) on November 10, 2018, 87 Haitian nationals and one Dominican. These travelers were on board a makeshift boat that was heading illegally to Nassau, Bahamas. Among these boat people are 17 women, 55 men and 16 miners, observed White Jesula representing GARR Ouanaminthe (Northeast).
The boat people were apprehended near the Cuban territorial waters, November 7, 2018 at the time the vessel carrying them was in difficulty
They originate mostly from various towns in the North West and North departments, among others, Port-de-Paix, Môle-Saint-Nicolas Turtle Island, St. Louis North
According to the information gathered by the representative of GARR, embarkation was done at Turtle Island (North-West) on November 5, 2018. Travelers paid between 2,500 and 25,000 gourdes.
During their journey at sea, migrant smugglers found themselves in trouble off Cuba when US coastguards were on board a helicopter and 'a ship saw the small boat tion. They went to the US coastguards who arrested them.
The intercepted travelers said they had spent three days without taking anything on board the US Coast Guard ship before being escorted back to Cap-Haïtien on the 10th. November 2018.
They were welcomed by GARR, IOM, SJM, IBESR, AVSI, ONM and the Haitian Red Cross
GARR worries about conditions in which many Haitians continue to put their lives at risk on the high seas in search of a better life.
While calling for the strengthening of the National Office of Migration, he urges the Haitian authorities to put in place a policy of creation of jobs while considering real social programs to encourage the most vulnerable in the country to stay at home.
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