Danish family fear to be caught in Peru for several months

Sunday closes Peru for all commercial flight. And thus suffer the hope to get home to Denmark even a crack for the family Stærkind, who is stranded in the count

Danish family fear to be caught in Peru for several months

Sunday closes Peru for all commercial flight. And thus suffer the hope to get home to Denmark even a crack for the family Stærkind, who is stranded in the count

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
21 mart 2020 Saturday 15:00
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Danish family fear to be caught in Peru for several months

Sunday closes Peru for all commercial flight. And thus suffer the hope to get home to Denmark even a crack for the family Stærkind, who is stranded in the country.

- We have seen that the border has been closed in such a hurry that we simply can not get out, even though we have done everything we could, says Mette Stærkind from the capital, Lima.

the 37-year-old Mette Stærkind went to Lima with her husband, Guido of 38 years, and their two children aged respectively four and one years old to participate in a course as part of his specialist training.

in Lima is also Mette's mother, 66-year-old Ellen, to help care for the children.

But coronavirusset have also come to the south american country, which in a very short time practically isolated itself.

as soon As the situation began to intensify, tried family to come quickly home. But it has failed time and time again.

the Closest was when the family tried to come to Mexico to come on against Denmark away.

But on the mellemstoppet there in Colombia, all the five were sent directly back to Lima so they could start all over again.

The Danish authorities have not been of much help, although the family has been in frequent contact with them.

- We find that they take the phone when we call. But they do not have any information to give us. They can not tell how far they have reached. So we don't have any idea where we are standing, says Mette Stærkind and continues.

- It is scary with two small children and a mother who is lungesyg that we do not know when we can come home, or whether we can come home for the next months. It is scary.

Mette Stærkind stresses to the family know that the authorities are doing what they can. But it is just not enough, as the situation is constantly developing.

- We have it good. We have an apartment. And a person can go out every day and get the food to us. But things are developing from day to day. We don't know how this is going to look like.

- We know that Peru does not have enough funding to treat its own citizens under the here epidemic. And even though we have travel insurance, so I'd assume we have enough coming in second, if any of us get sick, says Mette Stærkind.

Saturday the foreign minister of the Jeppe Kofod (S), called on the danes resident around the world to help stranded danes.

Mette Stærkind has at several occasions been in contact with other danes in Peru on Facebook, and she has local contacts from his course. But just a little has it helped.

Småbørnsfamilien cross now fingers, in one way or another, a solution is found soon, so all five can come home to Denmark.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, which follows coronasituationen close, is 263 persons infected with the coronavirus in Peru. Three dødstilfælde in the country can be related to the virus.

the foreign ministry's Citizen service writing on Twitter, to work to find a solution to the situation in Peru.

Updated: 21.03.2020 15:00
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