The Commissioner of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), David Smolansky, reported this Monday that the 16 Venezuelan children who were deported by Trinidad and Tobago are missing.
He also explained that several would be presenting dehydration and vomiting. In addition, he warned that the route on which the boat was sent has had rainstorms.
Smolansky added that a Supreme Court judge ordered the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force to return the children to the island.
“They do not have much food or fuel in the ‘peñeros’ (artisanal fishing boat),” he said.
Eliecer Torres, one of the representatives of the infants, said on Monday that they do not have any information about how and why they were sent to Venezuela. Likewise, the group of parents asked the authorities for an investigation to locate the boat in which they were deported.
“These women and children were sent to Venezuela even though there was a tornado in the area. The boat in which they were sent had no number, nor register nor did we know who the captain was,” he insisted.
Torres also indicated that the Minister of National Security and the authorities say they do not know who sent or gave the order to deport the 16 children.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed its concern about the situation and urged Trinidad and Tobago to guarantee the entry into the territory of Venezuelans seeking international protection for humanitarian reasons and to avoid deportation.
#URGENTE Padres, madres y representantes de los 16 niños deportados por el gobierno de Trinidad envían este mensaje. Varios estarían deshidratados y con vómitos. Ha estado lloviendo en la ruta y se desconoce el paradero
— David Smolansky (@dsmolansky) November 23, 2020