AS TOLD TO SCOTT WAIDE
| My Land, My Country
SHANGHAI - After a long day waiting for our flight to Manila to transit to Port Moresby, we were removed from the flight to Manila.
A total of 12 students were not allowed to board the flight.
Manila immigration could not give us access to at least transit to Papua New Guinea, our home country.
While getting to the airport and also at the airport we were checked thoroughly and scanned almost 10 times to check if we were infected with corona virus. There was no sign of infection.
It was not only in Shanghai but also Beijing. We tried to get flights to go around Manila to our country but all flights were cancelled.
Meanwhile, other countries have charters for their people to at least return home. This is not fair and is not humane to be put in such situation.
There is no proper advice from the government. PNG citizens here are confused from the mixture of true and false information shared by social media.
Please we urge the government to at least intervene and help us in this time of need.
The frightening thing is this - we cannot go back to our school and we are stranded here with nowhere to go.
We suggest and urge our government to at least help us as we are running short on options and really need the government’s intervention.
Our parents can only do so much by paying for our tickets which have already gone to waste.
Our flight from Shanghai to Manila was a waste after being removed from the plane. A lot of money, headache and heartache is shared. We are out of all options.
We want the foreign affairs ministry to help with immigration so we can board a plane or a least get an intervention
We write as we wait at Shanghai International airport for two days without any hope.