Twelve Cuban rafters have been missing for 20 days

A group of 12 Cuban rafters has been missing for 20 days after leaving in a rustic boat bound for the United States from the town of Nuevitas, Camagüey.

A family member who contacted CyberCuba He explained that the migrants left that central-eastern region of Cuba 20 days ago and since then there has been no news of them.

“We are desperate, there are 12 in total and they left Nuevitas, Camagüey,” said the source.

He also explained that among the rafters there was a couple formed by the young Darlieni de la Caridad Serrú Fernández and Luis Romero González.

Serrú González, whose mother lives in the United States, is three months pregnant, details the information collected by us.

The Cuban migration crisis has left dozens of missing people at sea in recent months.

Last April different groups of rafters who had been reported missing by their relatives turned up alive and several of them were repatriated to the island.

One of the cases was that of 13 Cubans from San José de Las Lajas who had left on April 14 in a rustic boat through Santa Cruz del Norte, in the province of Mayabeque, but appeared near the coast of Florida.

Another group of 20 Cubans who had left for Villa Clara on April 18, also appeared and was repatriated to the island. In that case, according to the testimony given to CyberCuba by the daughter of one of the rafters, the immigrants were intercepted by the Coast Guard and spent eight days on the mother ship “in not very good conditions” until they were finally handed over to the Cuban authorities.

Since the beginning of the current fiscal year, on October 1, 2021, there have been more than 2,500 Cubans detained at sea by the US Coast Guard, a statement from the USCG’s Seventh District said on Sunday.

That figure exceeds that of the fiscal years of 2021 (838), 2020 (49), 2019 (313), 2018 (259) and 2017, when 1,468 Cubans were detained in their attempt to reach the Florida coast.

The largest stampede of migrants from the island by sea in the last six years was that of 2016, when 5,396 rafters set out for the Caribbean for fear of the repeal of the presidential Executive Order of Dry Feet, Wet Feet, which facilitated the entry to United States, and that after the thaw with Cuba in 2015 it could be without effect at any time, as it finally happened at the beginning of 2017 with the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House.

Last Friday, Cuban immigration authorities reported in the official Granma newspaper that 3,289 Cubans have been returned to the island so far in 2022 from Mexico, the United States, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

The United States is the territory that has returned the most Cubans, with 1,777 repatriations; followed by Mexico, with 1,276; Bahamas, with 213; Cayman Islands, with two; In addition, from 21 other destinations, the official data pointed out.

For its part, in the last week, the Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that the Cuban migratory flow by land amounted to 140,602 during the first eight months of the current fiscal year.

That figure officially confirms the largest exodus of Cuban immigrants to US territory in six decades, far surpassing that of Mariel in 1980, when in just seven months some 125,000 people left the island.

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