After Cuba announced in the official media, which was withdrawing from the "More Doctors" program in Brazil, at least 8 thousand doctors have already returned to the island.
However, the number of those still remaining in that country, with the intention of taking advantage of the political asylum offered by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, is also significant, according to Angelo Orlando Fernández, a Cuban based in Brazil, who claims to know several of these doctors.
"Everyone wants to stay, it's the general opinion, now there are some who have young children in Cuba and have the money of previous missions held in the bank of Cuba, and can only take it personally, then there are some who will come back, they take out that money, take their children and go back to Brazil, "says Fernández.
Angelo says that many are afraid to talk about their projects for fear of reprisals and punishments by the regime. "They say that if they stay here, the government does not let them enter for 8 years".
With this program, launched five years ago by the regime of Havana, Cuba receives millions of dollars a month for the medical service of its more than 11,400 employees.
So, Bolsonaro has placed among their conditions, that the $ 3,300 salary that every specialist must receive, were at the hands of Cuban doctors and not of the government of Havana.
"Brazil states that 75% of doctors' salaries are sent to Havana, but in reality it is 80% and 90%," says Julio César Alfonso, president of Solidaridad sin Frontera, a organization that urged the Cubans to make the right decision
"We want to make a call to all our colleagues in Brazil, who embrace this political asylum and once and for all freed from this system of slavery," said Alfonso.
Solidarity Without Borders offers a help service to Cuban exiled doctors interested in taking refuge in Brazilian political asylum. For any information, doctors in exile who want to take advantage of political asylum in Brazil can contact the Solidarity Without Borders office by calling 305-884-4110.