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There Should be a Bridge

There Should be a Bridge / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany J. Vega, Translator: Unstated

It's not their best song but the theme cuts me to the bone. I listen

again to the Arjona clip and again I shiver, I get up and punish the

keyboard with a pain that hurts me, a pain that I try to put into words

but can't, because 50 years already seems like too much time and too

many dashed hopes, scattered, promised and postponed, shipwrecked in the

Straits even today.

First and core cause of each and every one of the deaths suffered by the

rafters in the narrow gap, the travel ban was always a slap on the

cheek, my only people divided in two, more than by the Gulf Stream, by

the storms of intolerance. Due to this vilifying the professional and

the athlete as a "deserter"; citizens served up a la carte, Spanish or

Mesopotamian, who suddenly take advantage of their distant pedigree; the

hookers who leave trafficking their bodies; selling their spit of the

silence of cowards who fake it for crumbs; I see how the dignity of so

many Cubans is prostituted.

Family separation caused by migration policy which the Cuban government

has imposed for over half a century deserved to be categorized as a

crime against humanity in whatever forum is respected. No other

arbitrariness, among those held by the Cuban government during this time

has been so traumatic and harmful to the people who experience it.

I say the people, because their selective nature strengthens their

outrageous nuance: while depriving the people of their genuine right to

travel, senior politicians and government wander the world, along with

their children, wives, and — why not? — their lovers; they leave and

return openly under cover of official missions or as managers of phantom

firms and no one know what they do, and if these enjoy their

scholarships in Europe, while those pass through Cancun, while I and

mine have never gone farther than Matanzas.

It's been over a year since Raul Castro publicly announced that his

government would implement changes, which he did not specify, and the

travel and immigration mechanisms, but already we are looking out from

our subtle autumn and he gives the impression he doesn't care, that they

still have an entire lifetime to achieve the reunification of the Cuban


Every day that passes without the doors opening will be a shameful day

and a new temptation for disgrace. Rarely was a leader at such a

crossroads having in his hands, so clearly, the power to fix it; today

the responsibility rests on his shoulders for every new death in the

Straits as until yesterday Fidel Castro was responsible for implementing

and maintaining intact for half a century this monster that causes so

much pain in my people, that has essentially caused the most dramatic

exodus in Cuban history.

There they tell of the mourning of the mothers and the absences and the

look of the orphaned and dead children. Now is the time to vindicate,

unconditionally, this right of the Cuban people! Anyone who opposes it

at this time will be tried inexorably before history and found guilty

for this slow genocide.

But while the power calculates in the shadows, I live with a recurring

dream: in the midst of a vast and peaceful sea, on a bridge without

borders or tolls two children gaze with clear eyes, offering diaphanous

smiles, embracing without fear and forgetting everything. Sitting on a

pile of new dreams they contemplate a warm sun that comes close to the

edge of the common horizon, "The dawn is here brother," they say, "the


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