The Human Cost: Cubans and Cuban Americans talk about their lives and the U.S. embargo

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This report is a condensed version of a longer work by Dr. Mercedes Arce Rodriguez. It translates the debate about the U.S. embargo on Cuba into a human lexicon. In the stories told by Cubans on the island, Cubans living in the United States, and Cuban Americans, we hear what the U.S. embargo means for their daily lives. Some of the stories are painful tales of family separation, or tragic accounts of children denied access to medicine. Some reflect the psychological hardships and insecurity that many Cubans feel. Some recount the frustration people feel with the U.S. government, with the Cuban government, and with the bureaucratic red tape involved in overcoming the barriers between the two countries.

This publication is divided in two parts in order to accommodate for the size of the file. The first 36 pages are in part 1 and the remaining 17 pages are in part 2.  

Part 1 (PDF)

Part 2 (PDF)

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