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Abandoned and Stranded Sierra Leoneans in Cuba Call For President Koromaís Speedy Intervention
By Ornette Turay
Aug 31, 2012, 17:10
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Four Sierra Leonean Doctors stranded in Cuba have called on President Ernest Bai Koroma to speedily intervene for their return to Sierra Leone.


In an exclusive telephone interview to the four affected Sierra Leoneans from Awareness Times, Baba Macarthy told this medium that he and his colleagues had sent several emails to the students division of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology six moths prior to their graduation from the Medical School but no response came from the authorities concerned.
He further explained that for the 2011- 2012 academic year they have not received their stipend.

 

When asked how they have been surviving all this while, this was what he had to say: ďThe Cuban government has been helping us with some food ration. But as I am talking to you now, the Cuban government has stopped providing food for us,Ē Baba disclosed,Macarthy further said the students hostels they are occupying the University authorities will soon ask them to quit the hostels to make way for incoming new students.

 

Desmond Kangbal another Sierra Leonean medical graduate said since 20th July 2012, they have successfully completed their studies and he and his colleagues had sent countless email correspondences to one Mr. Allieu at the Ministry of Education to facilitate arrangements for their return air tickets home but all their efforts have not yielded any fruit.

 

He also confirmed that the 2011- 2012 academic year they have not received their allowances. ďWe went a step further to contact the Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States and the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, His Excellency High Commissioner Edward Turay but neither of them responded to our situation in Cuba. He also affirmed that the Cuban government all this whilst was sympathetic to their plights and provided them with food. ďHow do they want us to survive in Cuba,? This is an emotional torture and disgrace for us,Ē Desmond said in outburst. He also explained that their student identity cards have since expired and to add to their already troubled situation six new students will be occupying their flats next week Monday 3rd September 2012. This he said the University authorities will have no alternative but to ask them out of their hostels.


ďWe owe lots of monies we borrowed from our friends just for us to meet our basic needs.


The only thing we now need from our government is to speedily facilitate our return to Sierra Leone ďhe confided in Awareness Times.


Francis Kallon and Fomba Kanneh also Sierra Leoneans stranded in Cuba related the same¬†¬† ordeals they and their colleagues have been subjected to in Cuba. ďWe are urgently calling on President Ernest Korona to immediately intervene to save us from further hardship in a foreign country. We want to come home and contribute to the development of our nation,Ē Fomba stated in a shrink voice over the telephone.

 

It could be  recalled the four Sierra Leoneans, now  qualified medical Doctors were awarded scholarships by the Cuban government to study medicine in one of the Universities in Cuba in 2005. 


All the Doctors that spoke to Awareness Time said they want to come home and help in the fight against Cholera.


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