What more can be said about Yoani Sánchez? Much more. Much more now that she has departed Miami and much more when she returns to the island where her important work will continue — or not.
Her magic has been transformative, uniting divergent exile factions and diffusing her detractors. Her weapon is storytelling. The stories of everyday life in Cuba, the unvarnished accounts told in gripping detail break through the din of platitudes and rhetoric.
Storytelling is the only tool that has ever moved minds and changed behaviors. Great stories beckon to be heard in a world of propaganda and tired ideologies.
Sánchez’s memorable stories touch on timeless themes of survival, resilience, pride, humanity and love of country. She makes evangelists of her followers, and her voice will endure long after the tyrants fall.