|Anouk van Luijk found after losing contact with parents for 3 days.|
They flew out to Cuba to search for her, and this evening Alexandra Valkenbur, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Cuba and Jamaica, reported over twitter that "[w]e found Anouk and she is already with her parents. Thanks to the Cuban authorities for cooperation." Anouk's parents did not overreact and took the necessary action to raise awareness and look for her. This is wonderful news, but for those ready to jump on a plane to Cuba it is worth noting that not all missing persons cases in Cuba have had a positive outcome.
|Albert Romero killed in Cuba in 2015|
|Brandon Ross died under suspicious circumstances in Cuba in 2013|
|Lara Jones strangled in Havana in 2012|
|Daniel Osmani Placencia Pérez|
Florida residents as Ada Lorenzo, 52, and Celedonio Placencia, 60, who were assaulted late Sunday or early Monday as they traveled from Havana to their family's home in Santa Clara. The three other victims lived on the island: one of the couple's twin daughters, 28-year-old Yailén Placencia; their grandson Daniel Osmani Placencia Pérez; and Domingo Delgado, a family friend who picked them up at José Martí International Airport in Havana. The couple had flown to Cuba on Sunday to visit Celedonio Placencia's gravely ill mother, family members said. Their bodies were found along a stretch of the Ocho Vias highway near Matanzas. Relatives in Florida said they were shot and stabbed and that the couple's daughter had her throat slit.
|Rev. George Zirwas strangled in Havana in 2001|
|Claudia von Weiss de Venegas missing in Cuba since 1999|
|Joachim Løvschall killed on March 29, 1997|
Although the killing took place on the 29th of March, we only came to know about it on the 6th of April - I.E. after 8 days were we had the feeling that the Cuban authorities were unwilling to inform anything about the incident. Only because of good relations with Spanish speaking friends in other Latin American countries did we succeed in getting into contact with the family with whom Joachim stayed and the repeated message from their side was that they could reveal nothing, but that the situation had turned out very bad and that we had to come to Cuba as soon as possible.
At the same time all contacts to the responsible authorities turned out negatively, and worst of all we really felt nobody in Havana dared take contact to the police. Only after continued pressure from our side on the Cuban embassy in Copenhagen, things suddenly changed and the sad information was given to us by our local police on the evening of the 6th of April.
We are, however, 100% convinced that had we not made use of our own contact and had we not continued our pressure on the embassy in Copenhagen, we might have faced a situation where Joachim would have been declared a missing person, a way out the Cuban authorities have been accused of applying in similar cases.Unlike in many other places in the world where one has to worry about criminals on the street; in the case of Cuba one has to worry about a criminal government that has no respect for human life. This is what the promoters of tourist travel to Cuba won't tell you about crime on the island.
Let us rejoice that Anouk van Luijk was reunited with her parents and we pray that she returns home in good health, but let us also not forget those who did not have such good fortune.