Cuban migrant wires mouth shut

Eleven Cuban migrants landed on Cayman Brac Friday morning after being out on the sea for six days. - Photo: Provided

A Cuban man who landed Friday with 10 other migrants in Cayman Brac has reportedly wired his own mouth shut.

Fellow migrants living in Grand Cayman on supervised community release said they believed the measure had been taken as part of a hunger strike.

An image circulating on social media showed two gold-colored wires punctured through a man’s top and bottom lips. A statement from the Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration acknowledged the situation but did not elaborate on the nature of the incident.

“The Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration is unable to comment on the situation or give specifics of the identities of the persons involved at this time,” the statement said.

“We can confirm that the relevant protocols are being followed to ensure the health, safety and well-being of each person in our care.”

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Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez of the Health Services Authority said: “It is my understanding that this person has been referred to the [Accident and Emergency] Department – GT Hospital for further management.”

The Department of Immigration indicated the migrants were in good health at the time of their arrival, following six days at sea, and were being evaluated by doctors on Cayman Brac before being transferred to Grand Cayman.

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