Travel cancellations leave Cuban couple stuck in Samoa

Yordanka R. Consueqra and Yosvel Cabrera are a long way from Cuba and it's looking increasingly likely that they will stay that way. 

As countries around the world shutting their borders as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the couple, who work at the Fiafia Amusement Park, are looking at the possibility of waiting out the coronavirus pandemic in Samoa.

The couple was scheduled to fly out on Saturday. But the reduction in flights, and many airlines around the world cancelling flights altogether, has meant that they are stuck in Samoa.

“We are stuck here because we can’t go home," said Mr. Consueqra. 

"That said, we are happy to stay because Samoa is such a family oriented nation."

They couple have a 12-year-old child in Cuba, who is staying with Mrs. Consueqra’s mother.

“There are confirmed cases of COVID19 in Cuba, but we are not worried because our daughter is staying with my mother,” she said.

In Samoa, the couple train workers at the Fiafia Park. Even the Park has been closed due to the virus, which is a devastating blow following the measles crisis last year.

Still, the couple remain positive.

They say they love working with Samoans.

“They learn really fast, they come here and they didn’t know a single thing but we taught in only one or two months and away they go."

With more than 15 years experience under their belt, the couple say Samoans can go a long way in their industry.

“We have been training people around Europe and it took a year before a person learns the trick or routine but here, we are very surprised to see that they learn faster than we expect,” she said.

As for their flight home to Cuba, they can only wait.

"It's out of our control."




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