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Remembering Guantánamo through the lives of the Haitians held there – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com


Known as the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, the traveling exhibit makes its debut in South Florida on Thursday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter. From 6 to 9 p.m., visitors will be able to view a multi-media history of “GTMO,” dating as far back as 1898 and through its most recent history as a holding place for Haitian and Cuban refugees trying to get to the United States.By the time Cuban balseros arrived in Guantánamo in 1994, 15,000 Haitians were already there. They had been denied asylum by the Clinton administration while fleeing Haiti’s political turmoil. And while the balsero Cubans were ultimately allowed to enter the United States, most Haitians were repatriated.The memory project features video testimonies and images of the people who worked, lived, served or were held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba before it gained notoriety as a maximum security prison for hunger strikers and terror suspects. via – MiamiHerald.com

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