As incredible as it sounds, the Canadian government says its citiznes really should have known the risks when they stayed behind in places like Cancun, Mexico as Wilma apprached. Now, its doing little to help citizens trapped in Mexico get back home according to a CTV National News report this evening.
And this isn’t the first time such reports have been heard. Yet, if one is travelling abroad – one would like to think their government will help them when disaster strikes, regardless of whether or not one had the foresight to know when to leave the area. The same thing happened during the tsunami in numerous countries months ago. But is simply sluffing off responsibility for the situation travellers find themselves in really the right approach here?
Admittedly, there is the question about how far should a government go in looking after its citiznes. But we’re not talking about tracking every traveller everywhere all the time – rather that some attention be paid in crisis situations given the additional difficulties situations like tsunami and cyclones can create. It was pretty tough to watch one couple trapped in Cancun tell the yarn of how they had to sell their wedding jewelery to shady characters for bus fare to a nearby town. Another couple didn’t find the right lineup in the chaos at the Cancun airport to catch one of the last flights returning to Canada today.
It didn’t look like fun at all. My trip a few years back to comparitavely modest Puerto Vallarta looked like a dream vacation compared to the experiences reported….