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The question that I get asked the most after my return is "how do Cubans feel about Fidel?" That is a loaded question. From what I gathered, Cubans in Cuba very much viewed Fidel as a father figure...and like all fathers he has his flaws. Despite the man's short comings, he has brought many good changes to the country that otherwise would have been impossible.

One family I stayed with said this "People want Fidel dead so there will be new changes. For us, we do not want him to die because who knows what will happen? This house, maybe someone from Miami will come back and say 'This is my house, I want it back.'"

The one thing that people value more than freedom is prosperity. What good is freedom if there is no food on the table and no roof over your head? Cuba has been recovering slowly since the "Special Period" after the fall of the Soviet Union. To have the country founding father die could take the country a step towards chaos again. Many folks do not want to see this happen, despite the good that may come out of it.

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  • Copyright: Mark Gong (markgong) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 41 N: 325] (2840)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-03-30
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Camera: Nikon D3
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-04-14 11:44
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