Leaving the Island: Stories of Cubans Stranded in Guanacaste

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Things are a bit different in La Cruz in Guanacaste; the border canton is currently home to tropical flavors and Cuban accents. On November 14, Nicaragua closed its borders, so there are now 1,070 Cuban immigrants who had been traveling from Ecuador to the United States who are stranded in the canton.

The Catholic Church’s parochial center, night high school facilities, the fire station, the community center in La Garita, the Shekina Church and the Biblical Church are six centers where the immigrants are being helped with food and medicine.

Who are the new arrivals in La Cruz? Why are they risking their lives and leaving their homes? How do they feel on Costa Rican soil? The Voice of Guanacaste tells three stories that deserve to be told.


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The Cuban Who Wants to Shout her Story to the World (Read story here)