Children of the Revolution in a Tight Spot
Six Cubans Ask for Asylum in Colombia, Remain in Airport Limbo
Their names are Ángel, Briam, Edualdo, Greisy, Yoanker and Nayip, and they say in unison: "Nosotros no nos vamos para Cuba, queremos quedarnos en Bogotá" (We won't return to Cuba, we want to stay in Bogotá).
All six --one woman and six men -- are under the age of 41, as their Castro era names attest, and they have been asking for asylum since the first of the year.
The would-be refugees have been camping out in the airport, refusing to move, rejecting all offers to fly them back to Castrogonia. The Colombian government, in turn, has refused them asylum, and now the United Nations is getting involved.
How they got into this predicament is still being figured out. And no one seems to know how it will be resolved.
They claim that they left Castrogonia for Ecuador with all of the right papers, but were refused entry. After arguing their case for six days at the airport in Ecuador, they were sent back to the Castro Kingdom via Colombia, but when they reached the Bogotá airport they refused to board their flight back to the slave plantation.
They have no money and have been surviving on handouts.
What a mess. How typical of everything anywhere that has anything to do with the Castro Kingdom.
UPDATE thanks to our friend Fausta Wertz:
This morning Colombian daily El Universal reports that Colombian Immigration has granted the six Cubans safe-conduct for five working days so they can file a formal asylum request through the Foreign Relations Ministry. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is filing the application and transferred them to a shelter.