Elia Prats Martinez

General Information
Current Name
Margarita Elia Prats Lora
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Elia Prats Martinez
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Friday, September 8, 1961
Relocated To
Stayed With
Mariana Lola Prats

Elia's Story


On January 8, 1959 our family eagerly attended a parade in Camaguey led by Fidel Castro in a tank. Our brothers were excited to get bullets given to them by the guerillas as we rejoiced at...

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Status update | Jul 10th 2013

Hi Maggie, I finally wrote my story but lost your new email. Can you send it to me so I can share it> Thanks, Graciela

Message by Graciela Anrrich | Nov 5th 2012

Margarita: Your story is definitely one of the most positive and beautiful of the thousands of our odysseys in the USA. I have had my www.campmatecumbeveterans.com website since 1999 gathering such stories in an alphabetized list of Pedro Pan kids, and I added a longer than usual quote under your name because you expressed so much so well. I came with three brothers and sisters just like you did but they all went with my uncle in Hialeah and I ended up in Camp Matecumbe for 7 months until a group of 11 of us was sent to Lincoln, NE which was not as cold as Syracuse but very much so. I did not get together with my parents until 15 months later, but I was almost 16 by then and it was OK. I know it must have been very rough for you much younger guys. I am very glad to see you boinded with your American parents and everyone is doing well. Ypu should be commended for sharing with everyone such great stories.

Message by Manuel A. Gutiérrez Fernández | Oct 16th 2010

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Status update | Jul 6th 2010

Elia Margarita: I just read your story for the first time. I'm truly moved. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jul 6th 2010

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Status update | Jul 5th 2010

Marga, I just added a picture to my profile of you when you where 10 - do you know where the picture was taken? Love Benny

Message by Benito Prats Martinez | Jun 15th 2010

Hi Maggie, I was so looking forward to your email, but I never received it. Can you resend? I had never seen the picture of us at the airport, so thanks a million for posting it since all 7 of us are there. Where do you live? I remember you as Margarita, not Elia. Of course we were separated so soon after we got to the orphanage that we lost track of each other. Have you ever heard from Lourdes Fernandez? Love, Graciela

Message by Graciela Anrrich | Apr 19th 2010

Dear Elia, I am Graciela (Mendez) Anrrich, one of the two sisters (the other one is Lourdes) who went to Syracuse with you on September 21st, 1961. I am the one on the left side of the picture. I would love to know what you are doing, etc. I also read about you in Yvonne Conde's book. How are your brothers and sisters? Love, Graciela

Message by Graciela Anrrich | Apr 16th 2010

Elia says: We were guest speakers at Womens History Month Observance of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Ft.Meade,MD. I will share our story here soon.

Status update | Mar 13th 2010

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