The Painful Silence on the Cubans Stuck in Costa Rica

Rosa Martinez

Nearly 2,000 Cubans are stuck on the Costa Rican - Nicaraguan border. Photo: La Nación de Costa Rica / El Nuevo Diario de Nicaragua.
Nearly 2,000 Cubans are stuck on the Costa Rican – Nicaraguan border. Photo: La Nación de Costa Rica / El Nuevo Diario de Nicaragua.

HAVANA TIMES – The situation of nearly two thousand Cubans who are stranded in Costa Rican territory is not news to virtually anyone.

The images of young children, pregnant women and not so young people fleeing the abuse of the Nicaraguan police have been around the world.

If anybody is unaware of what happened they are precisely those who live on the island, those who should be the best informed, who should now be marching, shouting or asking for a better deal for those who may be a relative, a former classmate or co-worker, a neighbor or an acquaintance.

Those rejected by the government of Daniel Ortega are not criminals. They include engineers, teachers, doctors, housewives, carpenters, dancers and students… they are ordinary people with the same dreams and the same hope for a better life in the United States.

It’s not worth talking about whose to blame, but if I did, I would have put my name first on the list, also yours, the person next door and many more, for observing the events in silence.


Rosa Martínez

Rosa Martinez: I am another Havana Times contributing writer, university professor and mother of two beautiful and spoiled girls, who are my greatest joy. My favorite passions are reading and to write and thanks to HT I’ve been able to satisfy the second. I hope my posts contribute towards a more inclusive and more just Cuba. I hope that someday I can show my face along with each of my posts, without the fear that they will call me a traitor, because I’m not one.

6 thoughts on “The Painful Silence on the Cubans Stuck in Costa Rica

  • Socialists are also looking for a handout. Nicaragua will relent and Cubans will be given safe passage. Mark your calendar.

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