“Curaçao certainly not capable of handling 500 refugees”
WILLEMSTAD – During an interview with the Director of the Risk Management and Disaster Administration, who is also the National Disaster Coordinator, Lesley Fer, he indicated that the crisis management plan does take into account refugees or dependents who may come to Curaçao, but not 500 as was previously announced by the Red Cross.
“We have the ability to deal with a necessary number of persons who in one way or another may need aid, but not the number given by the Red Cross,” said Fer.
During a press conference Red Cross announced that it is capable to help 500 possible refugees from Venezuela independent from the government. This news published by Curaçao Chronicle gained attention by almost all media in Venezuela including. Even some leaders of the opposition parties shared it on their social media.
The crisis management plan is general and is not specifically aimed at Venezuelans trying to come to Curaçao or other islands in the Caribbean, due to the political and economic crisis in the country.
According to Fer there is a real risk of disasters and crises, not only in the field of refugees: “Many people think that some disasters cannot happen in Curaçao, but I wonder: why not? There is a risk of an oil spill or IT failure, it is possible. Therefore, it is good to be prepared.”