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April 2020    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 35, No. 4   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Stranded in Honduras: Our Utila Escape

how two American divers struggled to get home

from the April, 2020 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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Stuck on Utila with Honduras shut down to protect itself against the coronavirus, Undercurrent subscribers Beth Rosenzweig and her husband Ray Bahr knew they had to take the effort in their own hands if, with disappearing airline flights, they were ever to get home. While methodically working every angle to get out, much of their strategy was based on seeking government assistance and generating media coverage to get help, a very creative effort that clearly helped their plight. Beth chronicled their efforts and shared them with Undercurrent.

March 20th

Ray and I continue to be stranded in Honduras at the Lodge Utila without a clear escape plan. There's a curfew, and people are not allowed out on the roads, and most stores are closed. We still have food, though there have been some electricity outages. There's no real medical care available on Utila, so we really hope not to get sick here.

We are spending almost all our waking hours online and communicating with fellow stranded Americans (more than 500 Americans on Utila and Roatan islands were trying to get back to the States) on any and all possible means of escape. There have been Honduran-based efforts to get a charter plane to get us home, but so far, the local permits to enable such flights have not been approved. Commercial airlines have been less than helpful. We currently have allegedly confirmed tickets on United, American, and Delta for the end of the month, since we were told to hedge our bets and secure tickets on all airlines in case one of them comes through and others do not....

Let them know about the 500-plus Americans stranded in Honduras.

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