Yenrry Montufar Rodríguez, Balseros cubanos

In Cuba, a rafter who was missing at sea for 14 days

MIAMI, United States. – Cuban Yenrry Montufar Rodríguez, who had been reported missing by his family after jumping into the sea bound for the United States, was repatriated to Cuba, according to reported on Twitter the independent journalist Geisy Guia Delis.

“Update: Yenrry is already here in Cuba!!!! He is safe and sound, he was rescued on the high seas. Thanks to everyone who cared,” wrote the reporter, who is a neighbor of the young Cuban.

On April 24, Guia Delis herself had warned on Twitter that her neighbor was missing. “I wouldn’t want to have to share something like that. The image is sent to me so that it reaches more people”, wrote by publishing the screenshot of a post about the disappearance of the young man.

“Yenrry is my neighbor, he is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Absolutely every day in the world she said good morning to me from her punch bowl. Always attentive and smiling. Since the block’s punch bowl is closed and we haven’t heard from him in the neighborhood, the concern has increased. If among the news of those rescued on the high seas someone sees his face, please let me know”, asked at that time.

Last Sunday, family and friends of Montufar Rodríguez also asked for help on social networks to locate the young man, nine days after his illegal departure from the island.

“This here is my uncle Yenrry Montufar Rodríguez, he left on April 14 in a boat (nine days ago) and we don’t know anything about him,” Liz Crespo, his niece, posted on Facebook.

The young woman also asked “everyone” who knew something about her uncle to write to the family or share her publication to try to get information on his whereabouts. “His family and friends are very worried about him (in total there are two [balseros], him and one other person). I ask you to please help us to have news about them, ”he wrote in a post that is no longer available.

the independent media CyberCuba identified the other rafter as Roberto Madruga, another young Cuban whose whereabouts are still unknown.

Weekly, dozens of Cuban rafters They reach the shores of Florida. Most of the migrants are intercepted by US authorities, who try to dissuade migrants from the Island from jumping into the sea.

However, more and more news is emerging of Cubans who have disappeared or even died in their attempt to reach the shores of the United States.

Last week, the grandmother of the Cuban teenager Alejandra Mesa, missing in the Straits of Florida for more than 20 days, asked for help to locate her granddaughter and nine other migrants who left the island on April 4, in an attempt to reach the United States shores.

“The only thing I would like is that, please, they look for her, wherever she is,” the woman asked in a video published by the program “Primer Impacto” of the Univisión network. “Help us, please. We are desperate,” she cried.

Meanwhile, this Wednesday, the United States Coast Guard repatriated 84 Cuban rafters, according to the US agency in a press release. The 84 migrants were sailing to Florida on five different boats and were intercepted between April 17 and 19.

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