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St Helena island’s Covid-free paradise turns into a prison

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St Helena island’s Covid-free paradise turns into a prison

Repatriation flights are at a standstill and there’s a waiting list for ship berths, leaving people stranded

Senior reporter

“It seems no charming place to live in,” said Napoleon Bonaparte on seeing the island of St Helena for the first time.

“I should have done better to stay in Egypt,” the deposed emperor told General Gaspard Gourgaud, one of his travel companions on the long sea voyage into an exile from which he would never return.

Now, as global travel bans keep the island cut off from the rest of the world, Napoleon’s feelings are once more being echoed by people marooned on this tiny volcanic outcrop 1,900km off the African coast...

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