“We will kill ourselves in front of immigration” – Lambirds Academy students

By Samuel Sukhnandan, Staff Reporter

The stranded foreigners. * Photo credit: T.M. from SLAPS FB page.

A group of foreigners, who have been left stranded here following the Lambirds Academy scandal, is not pleased they are being sent home without a refund.

The alleged students told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview on Thursday, March 26, that they are contemplating suicide if plans to send them home proceed. The students said they are from poor families back home and they cannot return home without money.

With assistance from the United Nations International Organization of Migration, the Government of Saint Lucia has started making plans to have the students returned home.

However, the students also believe that once they return home, there is no hope that they will be given a refund for the money they paid to pursue studies at Lambirds Academy.

One student told SNO that she was under the impression she would have received the necessary training that will eventually allow her to continue her studies in the United States.

Selisha Chhetri, 23, of Nepal told SNO that she paid US$8,000 to study at Lambirds Academy and she is not about to give it up just like that. Chhetri said her family took a bank loan to pay for her studies.

The Nepalese student told SNO that she first arrived in Saint Lucia on January 28 and was taken to a local hotel where she was required to pay a rent of EC$450 per month.

She said this was not the initial agreement. According to her, she was asked by the school to pay US$500, which would have essentially covered her rent for the time she would have been here.

Chherti noted that when she started classes, she realised that the teachers were always late. She alleged that the teachers were inexperienced and could not teach the course curriculum.

Upon recognising this, she decided to lodge a complaint with the principal of Lambirds, who instead of trying to fix the situation, allegedly offered her jobs at a cruise ship, a restaurant and a hotel.

The student said she refused to take up the offer and decided to file a report with the police. However, she was not the only one at the school that experienced the same situation.

When the matter was reported to the police, Chherti said an investigation was launched, and she along with her other colleagues were informed that the school will no longer be in operation.

Chherti, who was pursuing a course in professional cookery and bakery at Lambirds, said she does not want to return home until the matter is resolved.

“We are frustrated and will kill ourselves in front of immigration,” she told SNO.

Meanwhile, Ramjan Deuja, another student, said that he too is frustrated by the situation and is not prepared to return home, especially without a refund.

Deuja, 22, of Nepal, told SNO that aside from the US$8,000 all students paid for tuition, he and his friends paid approximately US$16,000 in total to pursue studies here.

The man said that apart from taking a loan from the bank to acquire the money to study, he was also loaned money by relatives and friends in Nepal, which is another reason why he doesn’t want to return.

Deuja said he was hoping to get a good- paying job somewhere in the Caribbean or the United States, to help support his wife and other family members back home.

He too said he is contemplating suicide, if he has to return home.

Four men, including the chief executive officer of Lambirds, have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in connection with the alleged internet scam at Lambirds Academy that left a group of foreigners stranded in St. Lucia. The CEO was also charged with money laundering.

The Ministry of Education has come under scrutiny via the media regarding the granting of permission to Lambirds to operate in St. Lucia.

However, Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis has told the local media that Lambirds Academy has not been accredited by the government of St Lucia. He said the document he signed, merely approves the work done by the Ministry of Education.

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102 comments

  1. so many african pastors in our island,lots
    of indians have small businesses in st.lucia
    vfort have chefs working...please do your checks on these people.where they live,phone calls...etc... too many people from india and pakistan coming in...we need to know their whereabout ...

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  2. i will fix you KA

    Those are terrorists...plain and simple. If you threaten to kill yourself if the government dont do something then you can do other evil things like blow yourself up and endanger others. Yes it may sound extreme but hey I dont trust those people. It may all be a whole scam to try to get to the USA using St Lucia as a transhipment point who knows. Listen and open your eyes St Lucia.

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    • ThesweetsassyNikki

      not necessary Asians are the worse people to disappoint.If you break up with them they can throw their selves of a building or drown themselves.They prefer to her themselves than anyone.

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  3. Very well said!!!

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  4. ISIS !! finally reach here go and see the amount of bombs they make whiles we sleeping at night isis people alone that will come up with the idea of killing themselves and people along with them .QUICK CALL OBAMA ..CALL THE QUEEN ..CALL EVERYBODY .

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  5. SALCC COULD BE UTILIZED TO TRAIN THEM IN HOSPITALITY STUDIES. IF NEED BE USE OUR QUALIFIED UNEMPLOYED TEACHERS OR PERSONNEL TO HELP THEM GET QUALIFIED AND GET THEM TO SIT EXAMS HERE.

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  6. My bro and his family was
    scamed in the US itself. they picked themselves up dusted themselves and moved on. You'll rather kill yourselves rather than return home broke and feeling stupid? Food for though for all those who believes these folks are innocent. That is their government' problem, not ours.

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  7. in all of this have we heard a word froom their Government? I have not. They dont want them. They are off loading them on the world. We in st Lucia too swef. We are greedy and selfish. While i understand their plight think of what they said, that they will committ suicide in fron t of immigration officials. If they can do that they can very well do something stupid like kill others in a terrorist event....think of it. Threatening to commit suicide if a Government does not accede to their demands is tantamount to terrorism. Send those people back NOW. Do not dare use our tax funds to compensate them. That aint our business what happens to them over there. Get lost!!!

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  8. If they are suicidal which airline would wamt them on their plane?

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  9. From all the comments here I see most of the commenters are just babbling nonsense. I personally have befriended many Nepaleses students during my study in the US and they are kind hearted and family oriented. To understands these peoples plight many of them are dirt poor..and when or if an opportunity opens their whole community will do whatever it takes just to help one person get an education overseas so that they can help one another.This situation is disturbing enough that this "opportunity" was a fraud and these people have lost all their money..which likley isn't theirs. Because of their strong family and community culture if they go back without the money they will be killed...hence their plight that they will commit suicide to keep their families from the shame and society rejection.

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    • So true. Well said.

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    • ThesweetsassyNikki

      You are so right.smh people talking about they using saint lucia as a way to scam their way to the us.So manytimes youll using uk,usa and so many countries to get youll way to be abroad.Some of us need to stop the bullshit.

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  10. These people are buddists fools. I don't know if you saw the monks protesting in Nepal. What does that have to do with ISIS.

    I think that 98% of our people are uninformed about anything else than obeah, how to do people mal and listen and defend pathetic politicians who wouldn't succees anywhere else in the world.

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  11. Send them home in a hurry. Our economy cannot even afford to take care of st. Lucians leaving school. Send them back ASAP!! Let them commit suicide in their country

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  12. How much more bad name can St. Lucia have with all this violence going on.I love st. Lucia its my land of birth but I don't like watz going on.Canada have banned them from entering the country, soon they will deny them visa to the united states how much bad name than that could they have. Kenny I have a message for u God sees n knows all things u can run but there comes a time u will not b able to hide, u will look for death but it will not b ur time yet all wickedness must b paid remember God timing is not ours, so repent n bring God back to heal the land

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  13. It is so sad to listen to what is going on. I know the government can do something for the people, the government can pay the people back and take the Lambirds properties from them to sell, and how come I haven't heard about that Lambirds Academy before until now, I know the government knew what was going on until things get out of hand. If the students kill themselves, their blood will be on kenny and his boys hands and that will give the country a bad name.

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  14. st lucians stop being stupid where in the world that you ever known that any government takes responsibility for scams. People got be deligient when applying to study overseeas. Strange enough that there was an offer to work in the US after completion. My question was how where they getting those VISA's. Stop holding the goverenment to ransom, in fact they should be grateful, rather than trying to frighten lucian they committing suicide . I feel sorry for them, it not lucians who scam them, its their OWN people.

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  15. i dont see why they need to resort to attempting to commit suicide at this point... to me with the recent happenings in the world the guy who just made the comment of them being suicide bombers doesnt seem far fetched .. right now im not thinking he is wrong to assume that ... if they dont value their lives how am i suppose to be convinced that they may value the lives of our fellow St. Lucians. i really feel bad for them but at the end of the day the government is not to blame for what happened ..prosecute those that are responsible at this point the best thing that they can do is return to their homes...

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  16. Father God I bring this situation before u that u will intervene on this matter that justice will prevail in the name of Jesus,I pray that the money will b refunded in full .Lord give those students a change of heart from contemplating sucide that they will find comfort in u in Jesus most precious name Amen

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  17. As did students something is fishee they look like suicide bombers please send dem back please.

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  18. Let's suppose that these students are telling the truth- The question still remains- what institution is Lambirds accredited by? Why should the tax payers of St. Lucia foot the bill for something that has nothing to do with them?
    Stranded students- I was an international student in the United States and I can tell you that if something this ludicrous had happened here, I would not dare expect the US government to offer me a refund. You are indirectly asking that the people of St.Lucia who are themselves victims of this scam - pay you for something they are not party to! The persons with whom you made your dealings should have their assets and accounts ceased and auctioned to pay you back- this is the only logical resolution- St.Lucians do not owe you anything!

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  19. How many persons in the free world , after being scammed , and the perp is arrested , charged and convicted ever get the money back ?? ( there maybe cases where it has happened ) if the student wants their money back they better pray an attorney take the case and sue the school .. Not just for what they paid , but punitive damage as well .. Government can not JUSt give back the money .. And from a legal stand point had the students proven that the actually paid monies . I'm just saying .. I am not a lawyer .. But am aware the rules of law can ticklish , tricky at best ..

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  20. What foolishness is that "you all will kill you all selves in front of immigration? Well go ahead be our guests. Isn't that what you all do best in the middle east? Suicide bombers etc.? You all need to disappear from our country as fast as is humanly possible. Foolish Nepalese

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  21. I'm probably going to get a lot of hate for this, but it needs to be said. Threatening suicide after all the help that the locals have been trying to give is just downright selfish. All the donations, the free boarding, the people looking after them, all of it was for nothing if they kill themselves. They're basically telling all the people that tried to help them that they did it for nothing. I get that it's a terrible situation that they're in and that they don't see many ways out of it, but they can protest, they can take to social media, get people involved to try to help, I'm sure many people internationally would be glad to help start up a fund for them to regain the money the lost even if our government cannot get back the same money that they lost. Suicide is selfish and is never a good way out, threatening to do it is a slap in the face to every single person who donated or tried to help.

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  22. These students are part of the fraud game, they are deeply involve, especially trying to get to the United States of America
    Make no mistake send them back to their home country fast fast

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  23. Unbelievable! That was their objective in the first place, to stay in St Lucia. I cannot believe that the government would allowed these people with no background checks to remain in St Lucia. They are now using blackmail and the government have fallen for it hook line and stinker. What a bunch of fools. How are these people going to support themselves if they are allowed to remain in the country. They must be laughing at us. SOON OTHERS WILL HEAR ABOUT IT AND THEY WILL BE LANDING HERE BY THE PLANE FULL.

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    • You really think others will mortage their property and come here to St-Lucia after all this hass happened.? The reason why they want to stay is to ensure that they get their monies back you really think that if they were given their monies back they would want to stay here after all of this stop being a fool

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  24. What is the stance of the ex-wife of the former minister? where is she, who is she, what is she saying? This is case of greed and deceit at the expense of poor people.....Praise God there is a righteous God, he will exercise vengence in due course........Despite these students alone know what they are going through but suicide is not the answer.....

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  25. This is really sad and upsetting. I just pray that God intervenes and bring peace, comfort and resolution in this matter.
    Cannot Lambirds refund these monies, am pretty sure they have not spent it all.......For the sake of peace, Lambirds should gives these students their monies back and pay the penalty for being deceitful..........

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  26. DIS IS DISGUSTING Y R THOSE THIEVES TAKE UP THE POOR STUDENTS MONEY WHEN THEY NO THE SCHOOL WAS NO LONGER IN OPERATION LOOK AT WHAT THE STUDENT HAD TO GO TROU IN ORDER TO FARTHER THEYY STUDY , THOSE FOUR HEARTLESS GUYS NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR WRONG DOINGS IS ONE THING FOR SURE GOD NOT SLEEPING,PRAYERS MOVE MOUNTAINS.

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  27. This is a terrible situation. Does the Lambirds Academy own the building they operate from?  If so, the building should be confiscated and sold in order to reimburse these students.  Or the scammers personal property sold or something.  They have to be refunded.  The suicide rate over debt in that part of the world is very high.
    Very sad situation. I hope the government help them.

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  28. So agree send them home. Like really said, was the money deposited into the government's account. They were scammed by their own, not locals or the government. U want to commiy suicide, do it in nepal.

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  29. DAUGHTER OF HELEN

    AND WHY IS THIS THE GOVERNMENTS PROBLEM. SEND THEIR ASSES BACK IMMEDIATLEY. IF THIS HAPPENED TO US ST LUCIANS ABROAD THEY WOULD HAVE SHIPPED US BACK IMMEDIATELTY

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    • Tell me about it. And they want to hold us to ransom? Give me a freaking break. You all got involved in you all scam; did not due proper due diligence and now you all want to blame our government? Look get you all asses OUT FAST before we have to make you all leave on broomsticks

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  30. i don't think it's the government should give them they money back .....because he help by giving a goodnight sleep ...The people they made the agreement with should pay back ...because that money is setting at s-bank and I believe if it was a life or death thing they would not be partying or sleeping around !..

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  31. The Lambird Academy should refund the people their money so they could return to their homes.Not Fair!

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  32. Send them back but because the meatly is to get a st Lucian passport .....I live here and I have seeing them Friday night spend money drinking ..where did that money come from? The government is trying to help ... And now the they want to comment sucide in my country no way send them BACK!!

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  33. I do feel sorry for the student given their situations but scamming is happening everyday in the world and I hardly hear of cases where the victims get their monies back. An appeal court ruled that victims of Allen Stanford were unable to be compensated,lets not forget the Bernie Madoff sega lost funds, in these cases some people invested millions and like these young persons some invested all they had. Its a sad situation to get scammed but we as individuals need to do our own diligence because if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck its a damn duck. You tell me a school will train you in St. Lucia and you will get a job in the USA how? We fussing about the government lack of due deligence, everyday banks, wall street companies and agents engage in scamming we talking about reputable individuals and legitimate businesses operating within the confinement of the strict laws but they find loopholes to carry out such acts but the same thing happens in St. Lucia and everyone is quick to pass blame on the authority before making full assessment. The authority is doing their part by ensuring they have a flight to get back home what else can they do was the funds deposited into the government of St.Lucia's bank account? Even if they seized assets and funds there is a process involved in all of this.

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  34. Why cant the gov't find them jobs on the cruise ships to help pay off their loans? The court should get these human traffickers to get back these students money cause this court will reach no where and the traffickers will be released after a year or less. Now the US isnt intervening in this matter by getting these students VISA? They were into our business in this extra judicial killings.

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  35. The students will never get their money back after they leave. It will be 10 years or more before anything happens. Shame on st lucia... Put the shoe on the other foot and tell me how it feel. "GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY!" Give the students back their money and send them home.

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    • LAWYERS AND POLITICIANS ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH I MAINTAIN THAT LOOK HOW EASY IT WAS FOR THE PURPERTRATORS TO GET LEGAL ADVICE NOT ONE LOCAL LAWYER WOULD TAKE UP THE PLIGHT OF THE STUDENTS PRO BONO ? I HAVE ALOT OF RESPECT FOR MS AUDIN WHO HAS TAKEN THESE KIDS IN AT HER EXPENXE WHEN SHE HAS LITTLE RESOURCES TO DO SO BUT SHE IS STILL GIVING. WHEN YOU SEE SOME OF THESE LAWYERS AND POLITICIANS IN THEIR SUITS AND DRIVING THEIR BMW AND PRADO DONT HOLD THEM IN HIGH REGARD THEY ARE HEARTLESS BEAST GOD WILL DEAL WITH THEM

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  36. Did the students pay the St. Lucia Gov't the money to attend the school? If they paid the Gov't, then there would be a receipt. With that, they should be able to get their money back. But no, they paid the school or some individual. So how is the Gov't responsible? The people who were arrested should know the whereabouts of the money, check them, not the Gov't.

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    • Totally agree

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    • I totally agree with you. The entire bunch is in on the fraud that took place. They thought St Lucia would have been their escape route to the USA. Deport them before they form ISIS on us!

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    • Why should the student pay the government? The students pay the school and the school pays the Government Authority. Sometimes Ministers get their cut to grant approval without investigations.

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  37. The case will become simple......Refund the money back of the stranded students from the account of Lambirds Academy and send them back to their country Nepal.

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  38. Politicians corrupt, Police corrupt, Businessmen corrupt Clergy corrupt. Where the hell is st lucia going with all of these corruptions. My God some one needs to be held accountable for the students money. How did lambirds academy get and Operating License here and further who granted Visas for them. St Lucians accept all dick and harry coming here to do business without checking Backgrounds. And Now Our Nation is being given a bad name.

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  39. The government is to be partially blamed for this they processed visas, trade license, etc. the 4 men that were charged why weren't their assets seized to compensate and repatriate the students. From the very beginning we knew this was a fraudulent matter, and now we seek to just send them home on a one way ticket with nothing to live for. We all know that this case going down the drain as soon as the students leave and the fake four will be back to their scamming ways. Where is the money? Was it used to bribe officials? The attorney general should be stepping in as this threat if suicide by the students must not be taken lightly. Get a damn court order to seize and sell the assets of these scammers refund the ppl and let them go home.

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  40. I feel the government need to come out and make an address to the nation on this matter. to clear the air on all the conspiracy theories going around and to give us some assurance as to how they plan to curtail such occurrences in the future.

    I was in a similar situation where I relocated for a job, with a start up company that had obtained all necessary documents. However i noticed strange business practices and got out just before it was revealed that this business was a front for a scam.

    I got scammed out of my money plus i had incurred expenses having to relocate. So I do appreciate what they are going through and empathize wit them.

    However threatening to kill yourself, is just you trying to hold the country at ransom. One guy is saying that he cant go back to his wife and kids with nothing but yet is thinking of taking his life. SMH.

    Real

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  41. At Catholic churches they've been asking for parishioners to donate foodstuff to help feed the students at the pastoral center, and people have helped out. But for how long can you keep asking to people to feed them? I don't see any reason they can't go home. If the money is retreated it could be sent to them. In this day and age of technology they don't have to be on island to give a testimony in court. They could do it via the Internet or leave a signed statement. If a Lucian gets stuck in a situation like that in a foreign country bet they will ship us back ASAP

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  42. Hey Lucian run a spell check before u post your comments

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  43. I dont know if i am wrong from a legal stand point but from a moral and ethical stand point it is clear that the government must take some blame for this incident this just goes to show the level of incompetence which passes at all levels in government from the ministry of education to Imigration to the Minister himself AS A CITZEN WATCHING FROM THE OUTSIDE FROM THE TIME I SAW LAMBRAIDS ADVERTISIBGG JOBS IN DUBAI THE US ETC I KNEW IT WAS A SCAM ARE OUR SENIOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT DAFT ? CLEARLY WE ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THE ILLS WHICH COME WITH THE CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM

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  44. So sad 🙁

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  45. .concerned citizen

    I AM PLEADING TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ST LUCIA AND ALL THOSE IN AUTHORITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS VERY SERIOUS AND URGENT SITUATION. THOSE STUDENTS ARE HUMANS BEINGS LIKE US.PLEASE HELP THEM RETRIVE THEIR FUNDS AND SEND THEM BACK HOME BEFORE THE SITUATION GETS WORST.I,PLACE THIS SITUATION IN GOD'S HANDS,ONLY HE KNOWS THE BEGINNING TO THE END.I PRAY THAT GOD WILL MAKE A WAY WHERE THERE SEEM
    TO BE NO WAY.TO ALL THE STUDENTS:SUICIDE IS NOT THE ANSWER.HAVE A LITTE FAITH.GOD'S RICHEST BLESSINGS TO ALL.AMEN

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  46. That is very simple.. why can't they get their money back from the owner or owners of the school??? Refund the people and set them free...

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  47. People got bank loans to pay the academy? Broke people can't get loans.

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  48. Where should they commit suicide if not in st.lucia. That's where they paid they money n now they gonna ship them out like rags without any hope of getting compensated. So where is the money they paid. Give them they money back.

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  49. This Government is parasitic, there is no real interest in being responsible, just a lot of political exploitation. Kenny has made St. Lucia look like Nigeria.

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  50. This situation is turning out to be a lot more complex than I originally thought it was.

    I stead of sending the students home, broke and with huge debts when they are jobless. Why can't the academy and it's perpetrators be investigated and made to refund the students?

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  51. my friends - this is a very serious situation - I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE STUDENTS TO NOT GIVE UP - I UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH BUT SUICIDE IS NOT THE ANSWER - JUST HOLD ON ONE MORE DAY..... it will all be right in the end

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  52. This is so sad, and so tragic. I echo the comments from other posts saying that this smells like a cover up. They will never get their money back if they leave!

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  53. I really you ppls should give back those student their money its DA right thing to do instead of robbing em they came to you island to study in peace so find DA [email protected] money n give em back .PS bite me

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  54. Has anybody on this forum been to Nepal? Do you know what US8,000 means in Nepal? Do you know how poor these people are? An average man earns apprx. US200 per year. These people live at an altitude of approx 1300 metres(3 times the height of Morne Gimie) they are surrounded by mountains the likes of Mont Everest. What the hell are these people going to do now that they owe US8000. Means that they will have to work for 40 years plus all earnings must be allocated towards the loan.

    Do people here understand the gravity of this situation? Do they even understand the culture of these people? To make matters worse check out the last paragraph conveying what the Minister has to say about the situation.

    What have we gotten ourselves into again with this devilish government? There shall be repercussions. You think that these people are joking about commiting suicide? We will now attact more publicity than our tourist board could ever attract spending our millions. BBC, CNN, Al Jazera, you name it. Suicide in front of immigration!!!!

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    • While I do agree with your statements it is the students jobs to do their due diligence. I got scammed once trying to buy something from Asia. Didn't see me threatening to kill myself in front of the Chinese embassy. The students got scammed. I understand it is hard for them. But tough luck.

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      • comparing being scammed in buying something from asia to people sacrificing their livelihoods so pursue a better opportunity at life is like comparing a 5 star course meal with donald trump to cleaning kakadung. u did not lose a house, leave ur family, or owe other ppl in the process. get real j.

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    • So how do recommend that the situation be handled? What should the Government do?

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  55. St. Lucia want's to get the students off the island ASAP so that they do not have to face any legal obligations. Here is the red flag, S. Lucia Government did not do their due diligence in the student visa application and processing, in fact the Government of St. Lucia endorsed Lambirds by recognizing them as an education institute. I see the Government as having some responsibility in this crisis. Students need to get a good lawyer.

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  56. Oh goodness! Wasn't some monies recovered after the arrests were made? Then if so refund the people their monies. Why just a home ticket and the sacrifices their families made included much more than just a trip to the Island? Tuition monies, food, accommodations and so on.
    I am not in these students shoes so cannot begin to comprehend their frustrations I do however empathize with what they are going through. The pressures the Gov are under now.
    Suicide is not the route to go-where there is a will there is a way. Hopefully that will comes through before satan

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  57. and as a matter of fact ALL of yall shoud be arrested cause that is a threat and also an endangerment to your self and others at immigration and saint lucia on the whole

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  58. aye aye aye when yall assholes doing yall suicide do it in yall country dont come and do it here and with that being said i hope the government send yall back even faster aa thats thing yall start doing suicide bombs in saint lucia we dont want that shate keep it in yall country

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    • LUCIANS STOP BEING IGNORANT AND STUPID,YOU KNOW I HATE TO HEAR AND READ YOU ALL BS.ACCORDING TO THE NEWS ALL DUE DELI GENTS WERE DONE BY THE GOVERMNMENT OF ST LUCIA .SO IN OTHER WORDS THE GOVERNMENT OF ST LUCIA SATISFIED THEMSELVES WITH ALL THEIR REQUIREMENTS.

      TELL ME HOW THE HELL THE STUDENTS ARE AT FAULT.YOU SEE ALOT OF YOU PEOPLE JUST BRAGG YOU ALL MOUTH FOR NOTHING.LOOK AT ALL THAT WENT ON IN THE MEDIA AND ONLY NOW ROBERT LEWIS WILL MAKE A STATEMENT.THAT IS BASICALLY COMPOUNDING THE SITUATION EVEN MORE.SHITT YES.

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  59. all for the love of money! That's why the prime minister needs to step in and launch a serious investigation from immigration, all the way through. I smell corruption at the highest level.

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  60. That's absolutely terrible. Coming from poverty and likely convincing people to invest in you so you can further your education, only to find out that you were robbed. Then to be sent back home with nothing to show for it. Where these people come from, this is considered shameful. I understand how they feel about wanting to take their own lives, but of course I don't think that's ever the answer to a problem. I'm hoping they're looked after in that regard. Take what they say seriously because at this point they'll feel like they have nothing left to live for.

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  61. My god, bad name bad name for poor lil st lucia.

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  62. But attempted suicide is an offence in our law therefore this public statement by the"students" should be investigated and prosecuted by police. Frankly this one is more like extortion.

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  63. NOW THE ASIAN ALIENS WANT TO MANIPULATE THE SITUATION AND SEEK PUBLIC SYMPATHY BY THREATENING SUICIDE.
    IMMIGRATION WILL JUST HAVE TO REPATRIATE THEM TO THEIR HOMELANDS IN HANDCUFFS.

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  64. Aa.. The plot thickens... It was established that this was a scam, why not hold the ppl reaponsible in scamming u guys to get u ur monies back.. If u guys sy u are from poir families, then how was it possible to obtain a loan fot thousands of US dollars to come here. As far as i am concerned, u guys need to be sealin with whoever scam yall, the gorvenment is lready makin plans to send yall home. Why not grb the opportunity...looks like yLl came qith intentions to stay here.. How is here uh

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    • first of, u dont know how loans are conducted in these countries. they prob even gave them 2 cows and other livestock as part of their loan exchange. and secondly, lucians travel to the states and intentionally stay there and let their visas to expire 'in hopes of a better life' classic case of pot calling kettle black.

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  65. Proper Bulllshit!. If they were arrested why can't they refund the kids their monies .

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  66. The wheels of justice take too long to turn in this country. I do not agree with the Suicide threats but the government has to take their share of blame for not making proper checks.Citizenship By Investment Gone wrong.

    Housing these students is very costly but i think the government is trying to make this go away very quickly. These students have rights and you cannot be forced out of the country. Please seek legal advice and according to the Human Trafficking Act You the Victims are entitled to apply for Citizenship in St Lucia if you Wish.

    For the reasons stated that if you return home you feel you will be persecuted in any way the government have to consider this and make arrangement to send you to another destination or remain here.
    Links below please students read and know your rights

    http://www.cda.gov.jm/sites/default/files/content/Trafficking%20in%20Persons%20%28Prevention,%20Suppresion%20and%20Punishment%29-1.pdf

    http://www.unicef.org/lac/spbarbados/Implementation/CP/Regional/review_trafficking_Carib_IOM.pdf

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  67. "The document he signed merely approves the work done by the ministry" what the hell does that even mean. That makes no sense.

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    • Tell me about it! I am so pissed and embarrassed by the fact that our education minister opened his mouth to say something so stupid. As if it's not his department. Ugh!

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  68. We all with you don't worry

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  69. Really sad and heart broken what a world and where are we heading too father god put a hand ,

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  70. Get rid of that burden ASAP !!!

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  71. So where is the money that the guys stole? They couldnt have possibly spent it all already? Why can't they just refund these people. I am frustrated for them and I'm not even the one in the situation with all that back and forth! They are going back home to their countries empty handed and broken. I hope this is resolved before they are sent back

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  72. How sad. At least they should be refunded. Please take them seriously they will commit suicide.

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  73. Oh papa ......... Govt you 'll need to need to handle this properly , please don't turn this into international incident .

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  74. so they want to go to the USA........what if the Americans were right about isis infiltrating the US borders through the Caribbean, what if those guys are part of something else......to me they sure think like extremists......because you are being sent to you home you want to kill yourself, why don't you sue lambird for you money, isn't there an agent in your country ......yeah the one who received the money.

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  75. Why don't you kill youself infront of Lambird building.....smfh

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  76. They said that they have been charged so that means the Government and Police should have these men refund the students their money so at least they can return home with something. What will happen to all that money that was extorted from them.

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  77. Common St. LUCIA help out the brothers and sisters , I'm sure something can be done rather than sending them home

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  78. WELL WELL WHAT A THING. SO THE GOV OF ST LUCIA IS COMPLELLED TO GRANT THEM STAY? AND THEY THREATENED TO KILLED THEMSELVES....GUESS THEY SHOULD PUT THEM ON THE FLIGHT SOONER THAN LATER SO THEY WONT KILL THEMSELVES THERE TO BRING CURSE ON THE ISLAND

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