In many cases, these Cuban families break up. In the best ones, they are separated for many years.
HAVANA TIMES – Sandra, a 31-year-old Holguin mother, is struggling tremendously to care for her two children, alone, because her husband has recently left the country. Doybel, her eldest son, is 11 years old, and Lesly is just two. Alexey, her spouse, is another young Cuban father who is in Mexico “waiting for his turn on the application to enter the United States,” she explains.
“You have to make sacrifices to get the family ahead. The children and I miss him very much, and we cry almost every day talking on WhatsApp, but we have to be strong. We’re also afraid that something might happen to him, God forbid! I even made a promise to the Virgen del Cobre, which I’ll honor when he comes to visit for the first time,” says Sandra.
“We know it ‘s going to be hard until he gets there (into the US) and starts working, to send us money so we can be a bit better off, but we’re going to stand strong, no matter what. Being separated for so long is terrible, and puts their marriage to the test. That’s always a danger. It’ll be many years until he can get us out, but it’s the only way out of this misery. There’s nothing else in sight,” she adds.
“Here we kill ourselves working and can’t get ahead at all. Everything goes for food and clothes for the kids, and we don’t even have what’s necessary. Work is useless here, so you have to leave and pay the price of being away. And, if you protest, t