Physicians from Miami are visiting to provide aid to Cubans

Physicians from Miami, Florida, will be visiting some of the shelters housing Cubans here today and Saturday,  The national emergency commission said that Manuel Alzugaray and Jorge Beato will visit eight shelters in La Cruz. Alzugaray is president and Beato is treasurer of the medial non-profit Miami Medical Team Foundation, which has a history of helping Cubans and Central Americans in trouble.

The organization said that it originated in the early 1980s when refugees began piling in the borders between Nicaragua and Honduras.

“Since then, the group has been involved in many different scenarios of tragedy and despair in five continents of our planet, providing assistance to a total of nineteen countries,” it said on its Web site.

Alzugaray also traveled to Guantanamo in 1994 and 1996 to provide medical services when some 35,000 Cubans and Haitians who were trying to leave heir home countries became  stuck there.

Iván Brenes Reyes reported Thursday that another group of 184 Cubans were scheduled to leave Thursday evening for El Salvador from the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia. He is president of the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

The air flight puts the Cubans on a path to reach the United States for residency.

A number of organizations and church groups have been helping the stranded Cubans cope with their delays and boredom.

The emergency commission estimated that there still are about  4,440 Cubans housed in 41 shelters.

The commission also said that 1,981 Cubans had been relocated from educational institutions to make way for the start of school Tuesday.

The Cubans became stuck in mid-November when Nicaragua closed its land border to them.

Relocated Cubans move into their new home.

Relocated Cubans move into their new home.

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