HELP!

LAMBIRD’S STU­DENTS CRY

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - By STAR Re­porter

Stu­dents from In­dia and Nepal, who are stranded here af­ter the school they paid thou­sands of dol­lars to at­tend was shut down, are now seek­ing re­dress. In Fe­bru­ary the own­ers of the school were ar­rested and later charged for the of­fences of hu­man traf­fick­ing as well as money laun­der­ing.

On Fri­day the stu­dents took to the streets of Cas­tries seek­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional sup­port. The stu­dents first gath­ered out­side the gov­ern­ment build­ings on the Wa­ter­front in Cas­tries then marched peace­fully into the city cen­tre mak­ing their way to Con­sti­tu­tion Park.

A spokesper­son for the group said that they want Saint Lu­cians and the rest the world to be aware of their plight and their hu­man rights. Re­cently news has sur­faced that the Lam­birds stu­dents were be­ing co­erced by the gov­ern­ment into sign­ing doc­u­ments that would have them sent back to their home­land. Sev­eral of the stu­dents have been stay­ing with “good Sa­mar­i­tans” here, oth­ers at the pas­toral cen­tre. The stu­dents have also been seek­ing ways to re­coup the fees paid to the school.

The STAR has learnt that an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that fo­cuses on hu­man traf­fick­ing and hu­man rights was doc­u­ment­ing the protest on Fri­day.

Lambird’s stu­dents demon­strat­ing in Con­sti­tu­tion Park yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Lam­birds stu­dents drawing at­ten­tion to their plight dur­ing a march here on Fri­day.

(Pho­tos by Jerry Ge­orge).

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