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JM | Sep 29, 2022

Golding urges Government to keep eye on Jamaican students exposed to Hurricane Ian in Cuba

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Mark Golding, leader of the Opposition and president of the People’s National Party.

Opposition Leader Mark Golding is calling for the Government to continue checking on the welfare of Jamaican students in Cuba who have been impacted by the onslaught of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall as a Category-3 storm on Tuesday (September 27).

Golding, in what appeared to be a shot at the Government over its initial handling of Jamaican students in Ukraine when Russia invaded that European nation, also urged Prime Minister Andrew Holness to not withhold any support the students in Cuba may need.

In a statement, the People’s National Party (PNP), of which Golding is president, expressed concern for the welfare of Cuban residents and the Jamaican students currently studying in Cuba.

The party noted that Hurricane Ian, on hitting Western Cuba, knocked out electricity to the entire country and left 11 million people in darkness.

“The hurricane struck as Cuba recovers from one of the country’s worst periods of financial hardship in its history, with its ailing infrastructure already causing widespread power outages,” the PNP said.

“As the island goes into its recovery phase, the PNP stands in solidarity with Cuba and prays that the nation will band together in this difficult time and heal from the emotional and economic toll this tragedy has caused.”

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“The latest reports indicate that two persons have lost their lives and several infrastructures and tobacco fields have been damaged.”

Said the PNP: “As the island goes into its recovery phase, the PNP stands in solidarity with Cuba and prays that the nation will band together in this difficult time and heal from the emotional and economic toll this tragedy has caused. The PNP also expresses confidence in the will and strength of the Cuban people to build back stronger and calls on the entire Caribbean community to lend a helping hand to Cuba.

“The PNP stands in solidarity with the Jamaican students.”

Back in February, the Government came in for heavy criticism as reports circulated that it had offered loans to Jamaican students seeking to escape Ukraine amid the violence brought on when Russia’s military forces invaded that country.

Golding and the PNP subsequently received significant positive public support for proactively seeking to assist the students in getting out of the country.

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