A boat with 200 Haitian migrants on board runs aground in Cuba

Boat with 200 Haitian migrants on board runs aground in Cuba


A boat with more than 200 Haitians on board, trying to reach the United States, ran aground on the Cuban coast in the center-north of the island where they were rescued by the authorities, the official daily Granma announced on Tuesday. 

The boat ran aground Monday evening on the coast of Caibarien, a village in the province of Villa Clara (center), which was in the past a point of departure for many Cuban migrants seeking to flee the country by sea.

On Tuesday, the 200 Haitians received humanitarian aid and medical assistance, the daily reported the provincial director of the Red Cross, Miguel Angel Fernandez Lopez.

In May, 800 Haitian migrants, including children and a baby, who were also trying to reach the United States, were stranded in the same area .

Another group of 292 Haitians had arrived in Ciego de Avila province, also on the country's north-central coast, in February. Their boat was adrift.

The islands of Cuba and Haiti are separated by a 77 km strait, the Passage du vent, whose strong currents regularly divert the boats of Haitian migrants and make them run aground on the Cuban coast, in particular in the province of Guantanamo (east).

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, is shaken by a serious political, economic and social crisis. The island has been ruled by gangs for months. The assassination of its president Jovenel Moïse almost a year ago has plunged the country even further into uncertainty.