James and Katherine are stranded in Peru: Military in the streets

What should have been a dream trip for two 20-year-old young danes have evolved into a true nightmare. Jakob Funding Dynnesen and Katrine Mortensen is like 15

James and Katherine are stranded in Peru: Military in the streets

What should have been a dream trip for two 20-year-old young danes have evolved into a true nightmare. Jakob Funding Dynnesen and Katrine Mortensen is like 15

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
16 mart 2020 Monday 17:00
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James and Katherine are stranded in Peru: Military in the streets

What should have been a dream trip for two 20-year-old young danes have evolved into a true nightmare.

Jakob Funding Dynnesen and Katrine Mortensen is like 15 other young danes stranded in a hotel in Peru's capital, Lima.

Coronavirussen is really about to get its roof on south America - and the two danes are reporting anything near a state of emergency in the country.

- There are military in the streets, and we must only go out on the street, if we have a very good reason. It is only if we are in the hospital, the pharmacy or the really missing food, that we can come out and we need to have a Spanish-speaking guide. The city is completely shut down, report the two danes, en Ekstra Bladet talking with them over a telephone connection.

- We would really just like home, it sounds.

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Jakob Funding Dynnesen and Katrine Mortensen is stranded in Peru. - We will be home, sounds it.

The two danes have, since the end of February, been on a group trip in the region. A journey they have bought through a Danish tour operator.

But since coronavirussen really got the governments around the world to resort to extensive means to contain the infection, the journey has evolved dramatically for the danes.

a total Of four different aircraft that would have carried the young people parts of the road home, has been cancelled. Right now they have tickets for a flight on Wednesday, but they do not expect to come home with the departure.

- We have a flight to the 18., which stands to fly, but we're not in doubt that the also be cancelled, because we have been told we can not even fly out of Lima, says Jakob Funding Dynnesen.

on Sunday, announced the president of Peru, to all the borders of the country shuts down.

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Military in the streets in Peru. Photo: Private

the Extra Leaf has on Monday evening taken contact to the foreign Ministry to hear what the Danish authorities do in order to get the young danes home.

In a written opinion to the Ekstra Bladet explains minister for foreign affairs Jeppe Kofod, that they will set up a task force to come danes, among others, in south America for the rescue.

'I fully understand the concerns that many Danish passengers and their relatives at home, have in these days. It is a completely unprecedented situation we are in. We follow closely the development of the whole world, and of course has a special focus on areas where there are many danes. Many countries report continuous out that they close for air traffic. It did Morocco, but it has the Philippines, Ecuador, Chile and Peru also made.

we have Therefore decided to also set up special Task Forces in the Ministry of foreign affairs for Asia and south America. I expect that they are in place already here later in the evening.

Danish travellers be able to apply directly for advice on repatriation. It is exactly the risk of situations like these that led me to last week to encourage all danes who travel abroad, to try to arrange their repatriation as soon as possible. I would therefore like to reiterate and stress the call,' informs the minister of foreign affairs to Ekstra Bladet on Monday night.

Peru, which are not officially particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, according to the danes experienced a transformation that day.

- It has gone really strongly. Two days ago, when we were in Lima, we had ample opportunity to see the city and go in the shopping centres. When you look out on the street now, everything is shut down, and there is only the military and the police on the street, and we live therefore almost in the core of the centre, says Katrine Mortensen to Ekstra Bladet.

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A group photo from Lima on Saturday, as the danes still be able to move around freely. Photo: Private

Now the danes can almost not allowed to leave the hotel.

- If you go out on the street, so there comes the military with big guns and asks where you are going and why you are here, and then they follow a very fast home, if you can't speak Spanish or have a guide with, explains Jakob Funding Dynnesen.

- We try to keep the courage up, but we will real just like home, says Katrine Mortensen.

- It is a terrible situation. It is really indescribable, adds Jakob Funding Dynnesen to Ekstra Bladet.

Updated: 16.03.2020 17:00
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