Around 16 families designated as refugees and asylum seekers in Cayman will receive assistance from the Ministry of Community Affairs during the COVID-19 crisis.
While families initially encountered confusion when they reached out to the Needs Assessment Unit, the ministry clarified that it was the authority charged with attending to their needs.
“The Ministry of Community Affairs has direct oversight and responsibility of services for work permit holders and persons identified as refugees/asylum seekers. This is to allow NAU to focus on their existing work and the demands for Caymanians,” a ministry statement read.
“Two weeks ago, the Ministry provided approximately 16 families that are Cuban nationals with food vouchers. In addition to the provision of the food vouchers, separate supplies were provided for children and babies in the household, which our staff went out and obtained.
“Again today [28 April], follow-up vouchers were provided, and baby supplies will again be provided later this week.”
Given the unique situation faced by refugee families, who are not able simply to leave Cayman, the ministry said they have been given distinct consideration.
“The Ministry has made an exception for services to this group due to their circumstances, and continues to work with the 16 families to meet their needs in this time of crisis,” the statement read.
“As necessary, we are also coordinating with other relevant agencies on this matter.”