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Exile initiative aims to help hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico

Exile initiative aims to help hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ A group of exile organizations and volunteers are trying to help hundreds of Cubans who are stranded in Mexico following the end of the so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy on Jan. 12. Vigilia Mambisa, Democracy Movement, WWFE La Poderosa radio […] Continue reading

Cuban Doctors Stranded – Can’t Travel to US, Cuba, or Stay in Colombia

Cuban Doctors Stranded: Can’t Travel to US, Cuba, or Stay in Colombia by CARMEN SESIN When Adrian Lezcano Rodriguez, a physical therapist from Cuba, was chosen to serve on a “mission” in the small town of Maroa in the Amazon rainforest of Venezuela, he knew he would defect. He would make his way to the […] Continue reading

Leaving Cuba But Stranded on Another Island

Leaving Cuba But Stranded on Another Island / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Miami, 25 January 2017 — They left Cuba before January 12 and are now stranded on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela. They arrived with the advantage of not needing a visa, but they have lost hope of […] Continue reading

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants October 24, 20169:23 AM ET You might assume that with the thawing of relations between Cuba and the U.S., Cubans would see positive change at home, and less reason to attempt the perilous water crossing to Florida. You’d assume wrong. U.S. law enforcement authorities are […] Continue reading

As Cuban migration surges, a woman in Pittsburgh offers shelter to her compatriots

As Cuban migration surges, a woman in Pittsburgh offers shelter to her compatriots Erika Beras, PRI’s The World © Erika Beras In the last few years, thousands of Cubans have left the island for South American countries. From there, they make their way north, trekking thousands of miles, hoping to get to the United States. […] Continue reading

Emigration – The Great Cuban Obsession

Emigration: The Great Cuban Obsession / Iván García One of the 8,000 Cuban migrants who, in January 2016, were stranded in Costa Rica and eventually were airlifted to El Salvador, where they managed to travel to Mexico and from there could cross the border and reach the United States, the ‘promised land’. Taken from El […] Continue reading

The Other Mariel

The Other Mariel / Iván García Iván García, 28 July 2016 — A woman with outlandish eye-glasses, reading a book in the back seat, and a sinewy mulatto who is chain-smoking and chatting up the driver on the approaching economic austerity are two of the six passengers in an old collective taxi that the chauffeur […] Continue reading

Havana, Where Businesspeople Make Money So They Can Emigrate

Havana, Where Businesspeople Make Money So They Can Emigrate / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 June 2016 — While it is still dark outside, Nelson gets up, turns on the light and quickly gets dressed. He then goes to the kitchen, makes a cup of coffee and with his calculator starts balancing his books. Yesterday […] Continue reading

En Cuba aumentan negocios dirigidos a reunir dinero y emigrar

En Cuba aumentan negocios dirigidos a reunir dinero y emigrar Un nuevo marco jurídico podría facilitar la pequeña empresa privada en la isla pero muchos cubanos siguen desconfiando y apuestan por los negocios “golondrinas” EN ESPERA DE UN CAMBIO LA HABANA.-IVÁN GARCÍA Especial Nelson despierta en medio de la oscuridad, enciende la lámpara de mesa […] Continue reading

I’m Afraid That Ecuador Will Deport Me To Cuba

“I’m Afraid That Ecuador Will Deport Me To Cuba” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton Posted on February 27, 2016 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 February 2016 — Sigfredo Ochoa is 40 years old. Six months ago he was one more “Palestinian” in Havana, a Cuban from Holguin living “illegally” in the capital of his own country, […] Continue reading

Los olvidados – Jorge Dávila Miguel

Los olvidados “¿Por qué se van los jóvenes cubanos?”: una pregunta que aparece en el blog de Silvio Rodríguez Jorge Dávila Miguel, Miami | 15/02/2016 2:11 pm El blog de Silvio Rodríguez, Segunda Cita, publicó el viernes pasado una nota que trata sobre el futuro de la juventud cubana. La nota se llama Los olvidados, […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

Distrust and Fear Among Cuban “Land Rafters”

Distrust and Fear Among Cuban “Land Rafters” / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 10, 2015 Ivan Garcia, Costa Rica, 7 December 2015 — For Jorge Echevarria, 25, it all started one morning in La Vibora, a neighborhood in south Havana, when a woman friend, through a telephone connection via the internet, put him in contact […] Continue reading

The Stay of Some Cubans in Costa Rica

The Stay of Some Cubans in Costa Rica / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 6, 2015 Ivan Garcia, Costa Rica, 2 December 2015 — Just after 5:30 in the afternoon, night falls on the Costa Rican village of La Cruz, some 12 miles from the Nicaraguan border. It is a neighborhood of gentle slopes, clean […] Continue reading

Balseros terrestres cubanos: sacrificio, desconfianza y miedo

Balseros terrestres cubanos: sacrificio, desconfianza y miedo Miles de cubanos emprenden una peligrosa travesía por zonas infestadas de sicarios, guerrilleros de la FARC y policías corruptos. Los inmigrantes de a pie cruzan ocho países y tres husos horarios. Iván García Quintero diciembre 04, 2015 Para Jorge Echevarría, de 25 años, todo comenzó una mañana en […] Continue reading

Hope And Fear At The Border

Hope And Fear At The Border / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on November 30, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar (Special envoy), La Cruz, Costa Rica, 29 November 2015 — About 10 miles from the border with Nicaragua is the canton of La Cruz in the province of Guanacaste, in Costa Rica. Peñas Blancas is there, the […] Continue reading

Pura vida la de algunos cubanos en Costa Rica

Pura vida la de algunos cubanos en Costa Rica Mientras la mayoría de cubanos cuenta el dinero y esperan ansiosos una remesa desde Estados Unidos, otros poseen suficiente capital como para alquilar habitaciones, pagar sus comidas y darse una vida disipada CRISIS MIGRATORIA LA HABANA.-IVÁN GARCÍA Especial Pasadas las cinco y media de la tarde, […] Continue reading