I left Cuba in 1960 full of bitterness, hate and a strong desire for revenge.
Two trips to Cuba since have taught me that the Cuban people desperately want and need the kind of help that we Cuban Americans fortunate enough to achieve some success in the United States can provide. It’s the kind of help and support that can make a difference in their lives and in the future of Cuba. I have now left hate,bitterness and revenge behind.
My dilemma had been that if I helped the Cuban people, the Cuban government would benefit as well. If I didn’t help the people, then the Cuban government was not helped either. It’s a dilemma that I left behind by choosing the former. I was educated by Jesuits — Belen ’57 — and believing in their motto, “Men for others,” made my decision easier.