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Haitians Land In Cuba After 3 Weeks At Sea

A group of 272 Haitians feared dead after they fled toward Florida in a leaky sailboat nearly three weeks ago landed safely in Cuba, a international agency said Friday.

The Cuban Red Cross has been taking care of the boat people since their landing in Moa, in eastern Cuba, on Nov. 6, said Lucas Dall’ojlio, director of the International Organization of Migration mission in Haiti.

Dall’ojlio, who said he spoken to authorities in eastern Cuba, did not provide details on the condition of the passengers.

Relatives had not heard from the reported 290 passengers who left Trou Chou-Chou, about 40 miles west of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, on Nov. 3. Their motorized sailboat stopped at Gonave Island, and shipped out again on Nov. 5.

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